Flag of Japan

  • japan
    flag of japan.svg
    namenisshōki[1] or hinomaru[2]
    proportion2:3[1]
    adoptedfebruary 27, 1870 (as the civil ensign by proclamation no. 57);
    august 13, 1999 (as the national flag and slight modifications to the design of the flag)
    designa red disc centered on a white rectangular field.

    the national flag of japan is a rectangular white banner bearing a crimson-red disc at its center. this flag is officially called nisshōki (日章旗, the "sun-rise flag"), but is more commonly known in japan as hinomaru (日の丸, the "circle of the sun"). it embodies the country's sobriquet: land of the rising sun.

    the nisshōki flag is designated as the national flag in the law regarding the national flag and national anthem, which was promulgated and became effective on august 13, 1999. although no earlier legislation had specified a national flag, the sun-disc flag had already become the de facto national flag of japan. two proclamations issued in 1870 by the daijō-kan, the governmental body of the early meiji period, each had a provision for a design of the national flag. a sun-disc flag was adopted as the national flag for merchant ships under proclamation no. 57 of meiji 3 (issued on february 27, 1870),[3] and as the national flag used by the navy under proclamation no. 651 of meiji 3 (issued on october 27, 1870).[4] use of the hinomaru was severely restricted during the early years of the allied occupation of japan after world war ii; these restrictions were later relaxed.

    the sun plays an important role in japanese mythology and religion as the emperor is said to be the direct descendant of the sun goddess amaterasu and the legitimacy of the ruling house rested on this divine appointment and descent from the chief deity of the predominant shinto religion. the name of the country as well as the design of the flag reflect this central importance of the sun. the ancient history shoku nihongi says that emperor monmu used a flag representing the sun in his court in 701, and this is the first recorded use of a sun-motif flag in japan. the oldest existing flag is preserved in unpō-ji temple, kōshū, yamanashi, which is older than the 16th century, and an ancient legend says that the flag was given to the temple by emperor go-reizei in the 11th century.[5][6][7] during the meiji restoration, both the sun disc and the rising sun ensign of the imperial japanese navy became major symbols in the emerging japanese empire. propaganda posters, textbooks, and films depicted the flag as a source of pride and patriotism. in japanese homes, citizens were required to display the flag during national holidays, celebrations and other occasions as decreed by the government. different tokens of devotion to japan and its emperor featuring the hinomaru motif became popular among the public during the second sino-japanese war and other conflicts. these tokens ranged from slogans written on the flag to clothing items and dishes that resembled the flag.

    public perception of the national flag varies. historically, both western and japanese sources claimed the flag was a powerful and enduring symbol to the japanese. since the end of world war ii (the pacific war), the use of the flag and the national anthem kimigayo has been a contentious issue for japan's public schools. disputes about their use have led to protests and lawsuits. the flag is not frequently displayed in japan due to its association with ultranationalism. to some okinawans, the flag represents the events of world war ii and the subsequent u.s. military presence there. for some nations that have been occupied by japan, the flag is a symbol of aggression and imperialism. the hinomaru was used as a tool against occupied nations for purposes of intimidation, asserting japan's dominance, or subjugation. several military banners of japan are based on the hinomaru, including the sunrayed naval ensign. the hinomaru also serves as a template for other japanese flags in public and private use.

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Japan
Flag of Japan.svg
NameNisshōki[1] or Hinomaru[2]
Proportion2:3[1]
AdoptedFebruary 27, 1870 (as the civil ensign by Proclamation No. 57);
August 13, 1999 (as the national flag and slight modifications to the design of the flag)
DesignA red disc centered on a white rectangular field.

The national flag of Japan is a rectangular white banner bearing a crimson-red disc at its center. This flag is officially called Nisshōki (日章旗, the "sun-rise flag"), but is more commonly known in Japan as Hinomaru (日の丸, the "circle of the sun"). It embodies the country's sobriquet: Land of the Rising Sun.

The Nisshōki flag is designated as the national flag in the Law Regarding the National Flag and National Anthem, which was promulgated and became effective on August 13, 1999. Although no earlier legislation had specified a national flag, the sun-disc flag had already become the de facto national flag of Japan. Two proclamations issued in 1870 by the Daijō-kan, the governmental body of the early Meiji period, each had a provision for a design of the national flag. A sun-disc flag was adopted as the national flag for merchant ships under Proclamation No. 57 of Meiji 3 (issued on February 27, 1870),[3] and as the national flag used by the Navy under Proclamation No. 651 of Meiji 3 (issued on October 27, 1870).[4] Use of the Hinomaru was severely restricted during the early years of the Allied occupation of Japan after World War II; these restrictions were later relaxed.

The sun plays an important role in Japanese mythology and religion as the Emperor is said to be the direct descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu and the legitimacy of the ruling house rested on this divine appointment and descent from the chief deity of the predominant Shinto religion. The name of the country as well as the design of the flag reflect this central importance of the sun. The ancient history Shoku Nihongi says that Emperor Monmu used a flag representing the sun in his court in 701, and this is the first recorded use of a sun-motif flag in Japan. The oldest existing flag is preserved in Unpō-ji temple, Kōshū, Yamanashi, which is older than the 16th century, and an ancient legend says that the flag was given to the temple by Emperor Go-Reizei in the 11th century.[5][6][7] During the Meiji Restoration, both the sun disc and the Rising Sun Ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy became major symbols in the emerging Japanese Empire. Propaganda posters, textbooks, and films depicted the flag as a source of pride and patriotism. In Japanese homes, citizens were required to display the flag during national holidays, celebrations and other occasions as decreed by the government. Different tokens of devotion to Japan and its Emperor featuring the Hinomaru motif became popular among the public during the Second Sino-Japanese War and other conflicts. These tokens ranged from slogans written on the flag to clothing items and dishes that resembled the flag.

Public perception of the national flag varies. Historically, both Western and Japanese sources claimed the flag was a powerful and enduring symbol to the Japanese. Since the end of World War II (the Pacific War), the use of the flag and the national anthem Kimigayo has been a contentious issue for Japan's public schools. Disputes about their use have led to protests and lawsuits. The flag is not frequently displayed in Japan due to its association with ultranationalism. To some Okinawans, the flag represents the events of World War II and the subsequent U.S. military presence there. For some nations that have been occupied by Japan, the flag is a symbol of aggression and imperialism. The Hinomaru was used as a tool against occupied nations for purposes of intimidation, asserting Japan's dominance, or subjugation. Several military banners of Japan are based on the Hinomaru, including the sunrayed naval ensign. The Hinomaru also serves as a template for other Japanese flags in public and private use.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Vlag van Japan
العربية: علم اليابان
azərbaycanca: Yaponiya bayrağı
Bân-lâm-gú: Ji̍t-pún kok-kî
беларуская: Сцяг Японіі
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Сьцяг Японіі
bosanski: Zastava Japana
brezhoneg: Banniel Japan
čeština: Japonská vlajka
Cymraeg: Baner Japan
Deutsch: Flagge Japans
Esperanto: Flago de Japanio
فارسی: پرچم ژاپن
français: Drapeau du Japon
한국어: 일본의 국기
hrvatski: Zastava Japana
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: জাপানর ফিরালহান
Bahasa Indonesia: Bendera Jepang
עברית: דגל יפן
latviešu: Japānas karogs
македонски: Знаме на Јапонија
Bahasa Melayu: Bendera Jepun
Nederlands: Vlag van Japan
日本語: 日本の国旗
norsk nynorsk: Det japanske flagget
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Yaponiya bayrogʻi
Plattdüütsch: Flagg vun Japan
português: Bandeira do Japão
русский: Флаг Японии
Simple English: Flag of Japan
slovenčina: Vlajka Japonska
српски / srpski: Застава Јапана
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Zastava Japana
svenska: Japans flagga
українська: Прапор Японії
Tiếng Việt: Quốc kỳ Nhật Bản
粵語: 日本旗
žemaitėška: Japuonėjės vieleva
中文: 日本国旗