Japan is called the land of rising sun - Why is that?

We called Japan as the land of the rising sun. However, most of us don't really know why is that. Why and when Japan got that name? Just keep reading to find out the answer. Place facts

Why Japan is called the land of the rising sun? Questions and answers

Japan got its nickname from an ancient myth that the island of Japan were the source of the rising sun.  Japan, the island country in the Pacific Ocean, is often called the “land of the rising sun.”

It is believed that Japan got its nickname from ancient Oriental folk beliefs that the islands of Japan were the source of the sun.

Long ago, the people of ancient China watched the morning sun rising from the eastern sea, they wrote down stories of gods and warriors that lived on sacred island hidden in the ocean.


Japan land of the rising sun

Japan - land of the rising sun

The Chinese called the islands “jih pun” (today we say “Japan” instead), which literally means “source of the sun.”

As for the Japanese, old regards claimed that Japan was founded by the Sun Goddess who, along with other gods of nature, made the island her home.

And that is the story of how Japan came to be looked on as the “land of the rising sun.” Japan’s official name is Nihon, or Nippon which in Japanese also means “source of the sun.” – Dick Rogers

The Japanese name for Japan can be pronounced either Nihon or Nippon. Both readings come from the on'yomi. The compound of the word means "base of the sun" or "sunrise" (from a Chinese point of view, the sun rises from Japan); it is of course a source for the popular Western description of Japan as the Land of the Rising Sun. So overall, Both Nippon and Nihon literally mean "the sun's origin", that is, where the sun originates, and are often translated as the Land of the Rising Sun. This nomenclature comes from Imperial correspondence with the Chinese Sui Dynasty and refers to Japan's eastern position relative to China. Before Nihon came into official use, Japan was known as Wa or Wakoku. Wa was a name early China used to refer to an ethnic group living in Japan around the time of the Three Kingdoms Period.

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