boerenzakdoek japan
red . white
60 x 60 cm
oil on canvas
©arttrust 2009


since 1999

The national flag of Japan is a white flag with a large red disc (representing the Sun) in the center. The flag's official name in Japanese is Nisshōki "sun flag" but the flag is more commonly known as Hinomaru "sun circle". The Hinomaru was widely used on military banners in the Sengoku period of the 15th and 16th centuries. However, the flag was not adopted nationally until August 13, 1999, by the Law Concerning the National Flag and Anthem.

source: wikipedia