Oda has unfortunately used this mark multiple times in this series including the introduction of "glorious" Wano country (obviously based on Japan) and Pagaya's boat on Skypiea
If you think his depiction of Wano is glorious than you aren't actually looking at it at all.
It's really obvious that he's having fun with stereotypes and mostly HISTORY to kind of poke fun at Japan in an endearing way. Late Tokugawa Japan by the look of it, and by extension modern Japan as well in some ways.
I mean it's not subtle either, it's really really obvious.
The use of the rising run flag isn't pushing WW2 Japan either, though it's perfectly legitimate for Asians to be offended by it. But I hope you don't actually think Oda is some Imperial Japan lover or something because of it lol.
If anything in Japanese culture it seems to have a sort of hokey older fashioned vibe to it I think. Something a dopey old man like Pagaya would use, and useful (in Japan) to represent the old fashioned Japan of Wano. The flag after all being in use since the Meiji restoration, not just the Imperial/militaristic era.
I know it's not entirely the same thing but I dare say this was something like a German artist exhibiting his art work in Jewish war memorium and containing their glorious past symbol of the Nazi mark.
It's a little different in that the Nazi flag was 100% about the Nazis, Hitler literally designed it lol. The rising sun wasn't any such thing. It was put in official place like 70 years before Japan went fascist and crazy. And I think existed casually before that. Though again, totally understand why it's seen that way.
I think the better comparison is the Confederate flag in the US.
We should forgive them, yes.
But we should never ever forget about it or like you put it "Get over it".
Agreed. Especially not as long as the scar that is North Korea continues to exist. Given that Japanese imperialism more or less led to the split after they were defeated.
He might as well have told you to get over the existence of North Korea lol.
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wtf? Taiwan is separate from China as Japan is from China with its own unique culture.
So you know absolutely nothing about Taiwan except that it's an independent nation. That's cool.
Why are you arguing about it again?
EDIT: Wait so you live there but don't know anything about it? Wowsers.
What are you talking about? The dialect here is called taiwanese. Mainland china calls it hokkien, but its known as taiwanese here.
Hi, I too come from a country that speaks a language from another place over some water with our own dialects of it.
Now let's say you wanted to come to our country. I'm sure you would not say "I don't know how to speak American" lol.
you're talking out of your ass now
Unless your a Taiwanese aborigine then no I'm not. If Oda is doing an island based on Chinese culture, he is sure as crap not picking the scant series of events that mostly just existed as backwash from the mainland that is the history of Taiwan.
Pretty sure he'd go for the like 4+ Millennia history of the mainland. Hell that's kind of what Taiwanese history is, a little piece of the overall story of China. Except super super super specific and peripheral.
It would be like doing a Greek OP island but ONLY basing the history on Crete. Who the heck would do that.
Taipei 101 is the most well known structure here. Its a mix of the old style with the new in its design, thats what makes it famous and interesting. Implying Oda won't have newer architecture designs is just plain dumb = =
One Piece does not have modern skyscrapers. No matter the design style or inspiration. End of discussion.
I love art deco skyscrapers like we have around here, they too are famous and interesting.
Being famous or interesting doesn't mean a thing has any place in One Piece.