The Japanese flag is formally known as Nisshoke
, “sun-mark flag,” but is more commonly referred to as Hinamaru
, “circle of the sun.” The flag was officially adopted in 1999. However the sun motif was used as early as 701 C.E. in the court of Emperor Mommu.
This flag is dyed on silky, lustrous rayon and is hemmed and mounted to a black pole that includes a gold-painted spear. The 4 in. x 6 in. flag is mounted to a 10 in. pole, while the 8 in. x 12 in. flag is mounted to a 19 in. pole including 1 in. spear. Base not included.