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Flag of Japan

WONDERS of the NET

by Janet Martucci

Recently, we discovered the KIDLINK FLAG Project, associated with the Global Classroom World Wide Web Site. Kids from all over the world are asked to artistically depict their flag and include a brief explanation of it. Accuracy may vary, the graphics may not follow the standards, but creativity is obvious and abundant. For entertainment and education of young and old, check out URL http://www.intercom.net/local/weeg/flag.html. There are many developing flag enthusists waving in cyberspace! Here's a unique interpretation of the symbolism of Japan's flag from this site:

The name of the flag: Hinomaru

We think "Hinomaru" is very simple flag and maybe it is the simplest of all the world flags. When we hear "Hinomaru", we think of "Hinomaru-bento". It means "a boxed lunch consisting of white rice with a red pickled plum in the center." Now, we rarely make it because Japan today is very rich in foods. "Hinomaru-bento" is hard to go bad and during World Wars, it is hard to get many kind of foods. So it was convenient for all the people.

Artists: Chiemi Nakayama and Mika Yamauchi (davidg@aegis.org), Aegis Society, Kyoto Japan.

This description is a part of the FLAGS project, a project that is entirely the work of KIDLINK youth. Flags of all KIDLINK countries can be described and 'drawn' by KIDLINK kids and sent as TEXT file plus UUencoded GIF file to Robbert Uittenbroek and Andraz Tancek, the moderators.

To retrieve the announcement of the FLAGS project, send an email to

LISTSERV@VM1.NODAK.EDU (or LISTSERV@NDSUVM1 on BITNET)
and type the following line in the TEXT-part of the email:
GET KIDPROJ FLAGSINF


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