The design is similar to the flag of Japan, which has a red circle in the center signifying the sun. The difference compared to the flag of Japan is that the Rising Sun Flag has extra sun rays (16 for the ensign) exemplifying the name of Japan as "The Land of the Rising Sun". The Imperial Japanese Army first adopted the Rising Sun Flag in 1870. The Imperial Japanese Army and the Imperial Japanese Navy both had a version of the flag; the naval ensign was off-set, with the red sun closer to the lanyard side, while the army's version (which was part of the regimental colors) was centered. The flag was used until Japan's surrender in World War II
Quick Application Instructions
Cut out decal with sharp X-Acto blade. Place in clean water
for 5-10 seconds then remove. Slide decal off of backing and
onto model. Once in place, remove excess water and allow
decal to dry. Seal model and decal with gloss or flat coat finish.