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As the summer of 2021 draws near, there is still some question as to whether the Tokyo Olympics will be held or not. Regardless, one company in Japan is working to provide every nation with a unique representation: personifying their flags in traditional samurai-style outfits and armor.
World Flags (world-flags.org) is the brainchild of Kama Yamamoto, which he started with a group of fellow artists in 2018 as a way to make other nations more familiar and memorable to people. “I want the project to be acknowledged globally as something that can bring the world together through the Japanese elements of anime and samurai,” he says.
The venture has been supported by Digital Entertainment Asset Pte. Ltd. Public Relations Officer Kozo Yamada has expressed his hope that this will help countries to view each other with respect, as well as raise global interest in Japan. He has also said that discussions are underway to have the designs officially recognized by the Organising Committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Each of the characters has a unique personality and fleshed-out backstory. Currently, there are about 80 on display at the official website, with more being added on a regular basis.
Official site: https://world-flags.org/
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