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Emperor of Japan and Japanese Flag

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Emperor of Japan and Japanese Flag

When you travel in Japan you may be able to feel a deeper enjoyment if you had basic knowledge of Japanese history. This page will include a brief summary of important Emperors in Japanese history. In addition, I will include information about Japans national flag.

Emperor of Japan

View of the Imperial Palace, Tokyo. Japan = Shutterstock

View of the Imperial Palace, Tokyo. Japan = Shutterstock

Japan has used the Emperor System since ancient times. The emperor is called "Tenno" in Japanese. According to legend, the first emperor was Emperor Jinmu. It is said that Emperor Jinmu was crowned around 660 BC but it is not certain. Succession to the throne has been carried out by heredity for a long time.

In the old Constitution enacted in 1889, the Emperor was a sovereign. However, in the new
Constitution enacted in 1946, the citizens were given the power to rule and the Emperor became a "symbol".

Today, the Royal Family, centering on the Emperor, is engaged in symbolic work. This work includes attending domestic and international events.

The Royal Family carries out "Ippan Sanga" twice a year to greet the public at Tokyo's Imperial Palace. This occurs on January 2 and December 23. At this time, so many people come to the Imperial Palace to catch a glimpse of the family in person,

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Japanese Flag

Japanese flag

Japanese flag

The flag of Japan is called "Hinomaru". A large red circle is drawn on a white background. The red circle
represents the rising sun.

The Japanese have worshiped the sun for a long time. Because Japan is an agricultural country, the sun had a very big influence when raising crops. The ancient emperor regarded the sun as very important. It is said that Hinomaru was established around the 7th century.

When you came to Japan, please visit a convenience store. Various lunch boxes are sold at convenience stores. There are also boxed lunches like the one below. A red "Umeboshi" is on the white rice. "Umeboshi" is pickled Japanese plum. Japanese people call these lunch boxes "Hinomaru Bento."

Hinomaru Bento

Hinomaru Bento

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Bon KUROSAWA  I have long worked as a senior editor for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (NIKKEI) and currently work as an independent web writer. At NIKKEI, I was the editor-in-chief of the media on Japanese culture. Let me introduce a lot of fun and interesting things about Japan. Please refer to this article for more details.


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