All you have to do is look (53)
Posted by ampontan on Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Two screen shots from Japanese television. Here’s one:
And the other:
Efforts are underway within the South Korean government to have the “sunburst” flag of Japan banned at international venues. Their efforts began after one of their soccer players got in trouble for parading a “Dokdo is Our Land” banner around the pitch after his team defeated Japan in the bronze medal match at the London Olympics.
The program gave a brief history of the use of the symbol in Japan. The first shot explains that several similar designs were used as family crests in Kyushu during the Warring States period of the late 15th and 16th centuries and shows four examples. The explanation underneath says the families chose it because there are a lot of active volcanoes in the region and, being a southern island, the sun has a stronger presence in everyone’s awareness.
The second explains that many of the people in positions of authority during the early Meiji period were from Kyushu. They used the symbol on the crests as a reference to create military flags because it presented the image of strength from the sun and the volcanoes.
One of the factors that was an impetus for the Meiji restoration was the concern that Japan would be the next East Asian target for European colonialism.
The flag most often associated with that design is used as a Maritime Self-Defense Force flag today, and a modified design is used by the Land Self-Defense Force.