Updated at 2022-03-21
Chinese calligraphy spread to Japan as early as the 6th century AD. Writing Chinese characters with paintbrushes was a popular activity among Japanese aristocrats during that period. Gradually, calligraphy merged with Zen Buddhism and evolved into a unique style, becoming a traditional art form in Japan. Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, and his great-uncle, Eisaku Sato, both served as Prime Minister of Japan. They are known as the "Family of Prime Ministers." Abe's political family background has also made him the "friendliest Prime Minister to Taiwan" since Taiwan and Japan severed diplomatic ties. Abe is extremely well versed in calligraphy. He once gifted Taiwan a handwritten hanging scroll with the words "Taiwan Jiayou," highlighting the deep friendship between the two countries. This cup was inscribed with his calligraphy work.
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