Graphic design of the Japanese flag?
I've noticed that the little bubbles next to each person's name look really cool for every language--except Japanese. Don't get me wrong, I love the Japanese flag, but the white part just blends into a white background on the forums and gives the impression there is just a small red dot there.
Perhaps this could be tweaked slightly so that there is a thin border around the flag bubbles for each language or maybe the forum background could be slightly off-white. Nevertheless, looking forward to more improvements on the Japanese course!
It might appear that way, but that's actually just how our eyes perceive the color red against a sharp-contrast background.
If there's any doubt, I used an add-on for my browser to double-check and confirmed that the distance between the edge of the red and the border of the icon is 3 pixels on each side. (well, the right side actually has a blended pixel at the border, so it's really more like 3.5 on the right side? But that would mean the red circle is actually a bit too much to the left...)
Actually, the Hi-no-Maru was officially adopted as the Japanese flag on February 27, 1870. The law was revised in 1999 to specify dimensions, exact colors, etc. But I doubt that many Japanese noticed. And when the Emperor and Empress came to visit my city back in 1997, I was given a Hi-no-maru flag (which I still have) to wave when their motorcade passed by the street corner I was standing on. It's essentially indistinguishable from the post-1999 flags.
According to this https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC%E3%81%AE%E5%9B%BD%E6%97%97#%E5%9B%BD%E6%97%97%E5%9B%BD%E6%AD%8C%E6%B3%95%E3%81%AE%E6%88%90%E7%AB%8B it wasn't official until 1999.
I use the custom Duolingo Dark Theme add-on for Firefox now so the flag doesn't blend in :)
I mean, it's not the same shade of white. The main white background of forum pages is mostly the colors #FFFFFF and #FEFEFE. However, the background color of the inner white part of the Japanese flag is made up of various light pink-ish white shades.