It was a national holiday and the Japanese flag was fluttering on the rooftop of a building on the main street of Ginza. There were a lot of people walking on the ground and it was crowded, but the flag was fluttering slowly in the wind high above, unrelated to the hustle and bustle.
The flag of the sun, or Hinomaru, was legally established as the national flag of Japan in 1999 when the "Law Concerning the National Flag and National Anthem" was promulgated and enforced. However, the design of a red circle on a white background has been used for a long time, and its origin is not well known.
One theory is that it was influenced by the outcome of the Genpei War. The Taira clan called themselves the official army and used the red flag, the color of the Imperial flag, while the opposing Minamoto clan raised a white flag and fought the Genpei War. Later, when the Taira clan fell and the Minamoto clan established a samurai government, the "red circle on a white background" Hinomaru became a symbol of those who had achieved unification.
|Dec 2011 IN THE CITY TOKYO|
|BUILDING FLAG GINZA ROOF|
December 5, 2011
OLYMPUS PEN E-P2
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42MM