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What if... / もしも...



【日本語版は英語版のあとです】


Genpei Momo.

One of species of peaches. White and red flowers bloom on the same branch. Gen stands for Genji clan and Pei means Heishi clan.


According to old lunar calendar, today is the Day of the Battle between Genji and Heishi in Dan no ura (1185).

Genji raised white flags with red circle in the center and Heishi had red ones with gold circle in the center. (Some historians say Genji raised plain white flags and Heishi had solid red ones)


The time flies and during the Battle ages (about 15th to early 17th centuries ), many samurai clans raised Genji’s flag in addition to the ones having their family crests at battle fields. Genji flag was considered as good charm among them.


Today, white background with red circle is the national flag of Japan.

It’s meaningless to say “What if” when we talk about history though, what might happened to our flag if Heishi won the Battle. Maybe red with gold circle?

源平桃。

同じ枝に、白と赤の花が咲く。


旧暦の今日は、壇ノ浦の戦い(1185)。

白を背景にした赤い丸の旗は源氏、赤を背景にした金の丸の旗は平氏。(白旗は源氏、赤旗は平氏とも言われる)


戦国時代の合戦の折、家紋が入った旗に加え、験担ぎで日の丸の旗(源氏方)を掲げる武将が多かったという話がある。


今日、日の丸は正式な日本の国旗。

歴史に「もし…」はないが、もし源平合戦の結果が違っていたら、日本の国旗は赤に金の丸だったかも…

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