Updated at 2022-04-25
Yukatas and uchiwas are typical of Japanese summers. Fan creation is a traditional Japanese handicraft and a modern necessity. In early Japan, only royalty and nobles carried uchiwas. It was only until the end of the Heian period when common folks were permitted to accessorize with them. The subsequent popularization of the Summer Festival and Ghost Festival catapulted uchiwas into ubiquity. The Chiba Boshu uchiwa, Kyoto Kyo uchiwa, and Kagawa Marugame uchiwa are collective known as the "Big Three." This bamboo uchiwa is printed with Hokusai's famous ukiyo-e "Fine Wind, Clear Morning" and "The Great Wave off Kanagawa."
Flag: The flag of Japan is known as the "Flag of Sun," a red disc centered on a white rectangular banner). The ratio of the flag is 2:3, and the diameter of the red disk is three-fifths of the vertical length, with the center of the red disk aligned with the center of the flag.
National Day: February 11
Area: 377,976 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 125 million
Currency: Japanese Yen
Government: Constitutional monarchy, separation of powers