Nippon — Land of the Rising Sun

Nippon — Land of the Rising Sun


‘Nippon’ is the word that the Japanese use to describe their own country and the Kanji characters that represent the written form literally translate as ‘sun origin’. Even their national flag continues with this theme, representing, as it does, a red circle against a white background — or as one wit once described it: a Venn diagram indicating what percentage of Japan is actually Japanese, as the country has always famously been homogeneous and indeed voluntarily withdrew from the rest of the world for hundreds of years until it opened up its borders again around the middle of the 19th century.

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