Why is Japan known as the “Land of the Rising Sun”?

Japan is called the “land of the rising sun” because it looks like the sun rises over Japan from China. People in Japan call their country “Nippon” or “Nihon,” which means “source of the sun” in English. It means something like “land of the rising sun” in English.

Beyond Japan, you can only see the Pacific Ocean for miles, and you can’t see anything else on land. From the shore, the Chinese could see this scene, which gave them the impression that the rising sun was coming from Japan.

This gave the country its nickname. Also, the name lets you know where Japan is in relation to China. It is right to the east of the coast of China.

China had a big impact on the early Japanese culture because of how close it was to Japan. People think that the Japanese gave their country the name “Nihon” because of how the Chinese saw the country. During the Sui Dynasty, the name Japan came from China.

During the Taika Reform in 645 AD, documents and manuscripts were changed to use the Japanese version of the name, Nippon. This made it possible to put the country’s government in one place instead of letting it stay a collection of privately owned lands.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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