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Japanese Sailing Federation

Last modified: 2018-08-04 by Zachary Harden
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[Japanese Sailing Federation ensign]
by Željko Heimer

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The Japanese Sailing Federation ensign was designed as yacht ensign like U.S. yacht ensign which unfortunately has not been often used but replaced with civil ensign. The ensign appears at stern of yacht at sea to indicate both member's yacht and Japanese yacht. However the ensign can be used at Federation office and some event on land as well. Meanwhile JSF's burgee appears masttop or port spreader at yacht race.

The Hinomaru represents Japan and blue stands for sea. The ensign was designed by Mr K.Nagai President of Japan Graphic Designers Association.

The space of blue field is smaller and the shade is darker than Japanese Resident General flag in Korea 1905-1910 similar to the ensign.

The Federation which is not supposedly an expert in vexillology refers to U.S. yacht ensign for an example of unworkable ensign. I think they are trying their best to differ the yacht ensign from a civil ensign.

The flag can be flown from both sailing and motor boats of the members of the federation.

The JSF has 470 branches throughout Japan. Most of yacht clubs belong to the nationwide organization and this usage is not a law regulated usage.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 29 August 2000

This flag was introduced in April 1999 (concurrent with the foundation of the Sailing Federation of Japan.
Christopher Southworth, 2 May 2004

Construction sheet

[Construction sheet]
by Željko Heimer

The overall proportion is 2:3 same as national flag; the construction itself is a bit different from national flag. The diameter of sun-disc is 2/3 of width against 3/5 of width for national flag since the larger sun-disc is more easily recognized at sea. The ensign overall proportion is 2 by 3 and the Hinomaru is 2/3 of width and length.. The sun disc diameter is 2/3 of width. The width of blue band is 2/3 of ensuing width.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 29 August 2000 and 25 March 2004


[Japanese Sailing Federation burgee]
Reconstruction by Zachary Harden, 4 August 2018

JSAF Burgee (real)Example of the burgee from the JSAF

Environment Committee

[Japanese Sailing Federation Environment Committee]
Zachary Harden, 4 August 2018

The JASF ensign modified with a boat stern in the fly.
Zachary Harden, 4 August 2018

Racing flag

[Japanese Sailing Federation Racing flag]
Zachary Harden, 4 August 2018

This flag is used on ships during JSAF sponsored races; it is raised below the burgee and near the stern. The flag is five-stripe in design alternating white and red.
Zachary Harden, 4 August 2018