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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adiaphor

Why is the Japanese course "blue"?

Hey,
I was wondering why is this blue?

The color of each of the other courses can be found on the corresponding flag. Why is the Japanese course an exception?

June 26, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adiaphor

This is interesting, so the colors of the flag don't represent the country. What good is such a flag, I wonder. On top of that nobody's actually sure why blue. Hmm. Thanks for the article, I guess it explains it as much as it can.

June 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Eyl

"What good is such a flag, I wonder."

What 'good' is any flag? They serve no real purpose other than identification.

That being said, the symbol on the flag does indeed represent the country. The Japanese name for Japan- nihon-koku - means 'the nation of the origin of the sun'.

It's probably the simplest and most direct national flag out here.

June 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

My first theory was because it was in Alpha (on the website) and Beta (for ios and android apps) However, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, and a few other courses are in blue as well. So, it looks like some are just in blue.

June 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Doosier

On the flag

Russia- has blue

Netherlands- has blue

Sweden- has blue

My only guess is that it is due to the Japanese football team.... but I don't think from my experience the Japanese at Duo are huge football fans, and all other teams other than the football team wear red

June 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

The flag is blue? I thought that people were talking about the color of the course page. The flag is white and red when I look at it. Could I get a screenshot of what you're looking at? Thanks! ^_^

June 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Doosier

I meant that the colours on the flags of the nations with blue backgrounds have some sort of blue

Japan does not but they have a blue background

June 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Strickte

The landmark that represents the Japanese course is the Floating Torii Gate. It sits in a harbor, hence the "floating." My guess is that it would have been hard to tell that it's actually out in the water if it was set to a red background.

(I actually saw it years ago, and I want to say that it was off an island just a ferry ride out of Hiroshima.)

June 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pilotbear99

i don't know but i like it

June 27, 2017
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