Getting to Know the Japanese Flag by Heart Part 1

Japanese flag

We keep on admiring the formidable and significant socio-political structure of Japan. This super power nation has given its counterparts an immortal inspiration on how to effectively handle a kind of government that is noble, just and peaceful.


Question: What propelled Japan to where it is now?

Perhaps, their flag is the main reason why this sovereign nation is historically domineering. In relation to that, this article aims to discover the intimate secrets of the Japanese flag to make everyone realize that the spirit of overflowing nationalism can make wonders for a well-endowed country.


Background and History of Japan’s Flag

In its aesthetic sense, it has a rectangular design with a huge red-colored disc at the center of this very historical masterpiece. According to the ancient pages of history, the sun disc design had become the de facto national flag. In Japanese, this is referred to as Nisshoki. Officially, Japan’s flag, is in accordance to the provisions that are stated in the National Flag Law and National Anthem. These were officially promulgated to strongly govern the national ideals of Japan on the 13th day of August 1999.


Proclamations in Relation to the Japanese Flag

Sa paglipas ng maraming taon, ang  makapangyarihang pamahalaan ng Japan ay nag-issue ng dalawang proclamations na nagtagubilin ng mga iba’t ibang alituntunin ukol sa kanilang simple ngunit makabuluhang national flag.

Ang unang proclamation ay tinaguriang National Flag for Merchants noong taong February 27, 1870. The National Flag for Merchants is under Proclamation No.57 of Meiji 3. In essence, the significance of this proclamation was especially meant for the Japanese Navy and the flag itself has to be used and revered with love and affection.

Samantala, ang isang proclamation naman ay ang tinawag na Proclamation 651 of Meiji 3 which was historically issued on October 27, 1870.


What does the sun of a Japanese flag signify? Stay tuned for the second series of this very enlightening article and be endlessly captivated by the evolving national identity of Japan then and now.


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