It is also used in folding fans by the Japanese. The national flag of Japan is known as the Hinomaru or sun disc which means light and warmth. The sun disc in the flag is also the countries emblem. The flag of Japan is permitted to be flown in all public and official places from sunrise to sunset. When it is flown with the flag of any other country it takes the pride of honour and the other countries flag to its right and when there are more than two its takes the alphabetical order stated by the United Nations. The flag of Japan is white in colour to represent the purity and the honesty nature of the Japanese.
The sun is the heavenly symbol of fire. It stands for the primary karmic shaping that is to be undergone in this lifetime. We respond at the deepest level through the filter of our Sun Sign, which is a mark of the soul's developmental needs in this incarnation. It is even the symbol of life because it provides the heat necessary for living beings. It soaks up the water and gives it back in the form of rain, making food production possible on earth. According to the Hindu religion, Sun is one of the Dev or Gods among five Gods or the Panchadev .The history of the worship of the sun is connected with ancient Vedic rituals. Even the 12 signs of the zodiac and the 12 months are related to the movement of the sun. The Sun has always held a fascination for human beings. From the very earliest of times, people have told stories about it and worshipped it as a god.
The white colour is precise, critical, and sincere and in the Japanese flag it is used as the symbol of purity. The centre red disc signifies that the Japanese are active, daring, passionate, and optimistic. It enhances alertness and encourages activity. Red is held to be the most intense colour, the furthest from both black and white, and it is noteworthy that those languages which only have words for three basic colours always select black, white, and red. The red colour according to astrology signifies passion, warmth, vigor, strength and vitality which are also the nature of the Japanese. Red being related to fire and blood it is considered to be symbol of heat. It is even believed that red is the first color used by human beings.
According to numerologists, each number possesses a certain power that exists in the occult connection between the relations of things and the principles in nature which they express. Each letter has a numeric value that provides a related cosmic vibration. The single symbol of the sun in the flag according to numerology signifies the leadership skills, goal-oriented, strong will power, and courageous, unconventional, inventive and creative skills of the Japanese. The number 1 also interprets that the people of Japan are goal striving, independent and self reliant. The numerology for the country name Japan is 6 which signify compassionate, responsible, sacrificing, unselfish and harmonious nature of the people of Japan.