Flag of the Week: Japan

Author name
Clara Bonzi Teixeira
Japan Infographics: see the text below for details


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Japan is an island country lying off the east coast of Asia.

Symbols on the Flag

[image of Japanese flag]
The red disc represents the sun, a traditional symbol of Japan. the disc is called Hinomaru, meaning the “circle of the sun."

White represents purity and honesty.

Fast Facts

Area: 145,937 mi2 Population: 125,497,000 Capital: Tokyo
Language: Japanese Religion: Shinto (not official) Currency: Yen


Japan has four main islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku); its capital city Tokyo is one of the world's most populous cities. More than four-fifths of Japanese land surface, however, consists of mountains.

Famous Figures

[image of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida]
Fumio Kishida is the incumbent prime minister of Japan, and entered office last month!

[image of TV Host & Author Marie Kondo]
Marie Kondo is an influential organizing consultant whose books on organizing are sold worldwide.

Food + Culture

Curry rice is Japan's national dish. [two images of curry rice dishes]

The kimono is a traditional Japanese form of clothing. It was first introduced during the Heian period (794-1191), and is worn today all over the world.
[digital drawing of woman wearing kimono]

Source: Britannica Encyclopedia and National Geographic