A common sight on Japanese streets are the many flags (hata) fluttering outside shops and businesses advertising the services within.
These approximately 1.5m tall flags are a modern day version of samurai battle flags. Anyone who has seen Akira Kurosawa's Ran will have seen the simularity.
The flags can be bought as off-the-peg designs advertising such standards as yakitori, udon and dry cleaners, but on the whole the flags are made to order by each business.
Each flag is attached to an extendable plastic pole and held upright by a water-filled plastic base.
Anyone interested in ordering a made to order flag for their business should contact us.
Rough Guide To Japan
Friday, June 05, 2009