Hinomaru

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This is one of the most beautiful flag cards that I have received so far. it is a map of Japan on top of the national flag. I really would love to visit Japan once and it is right on top of my bucket list when it comes to travelling. I am really interested in Japan which is one of the most modern and advanced civilisations but still so rich in tradition and culture.

Please let me know which places I need to visit when going over! I am planning a backpacking trip so it would be great to travel around the country a bit.

And here a bit of history about this beautiful sun disc flag.

The national flag of Japan is a white rectangular flag with a large red disk (representing the sun) in the centre. This flag is officially called Nisshōki (日章旗?, “sun-mark flag”) in Japanese, but is more commonly known as Hinomaru (日の丸?, “circle of the sun”).

The Nisshōki flag is designated as the national flag in 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 Era, 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), and as the national flag used by the Navy under Proclamation No. 651 of Meiji 3 (issued on October 27, 1870). Use of the Hinomaru was severely restricted during the early years of the American occupation after World War II; these restrictions were later relaxed.

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