A Japanese website is promoting the Tokyo 2021 Olympics in the most Japanese way possible - by combining anime and country flags of the world
As part of preparations, an anonymous artist decided to "enliven" the Olympics by reimagining each country's flag as a samurai to "further convey Japanese culture".
This is what the Jalur Gemilang looks like as a samurai:
Dubbed the "Child of the Sun and Moon", the Malaysian samurai is decked out in its "Armour Jalur Gemilang" bearing the yellow-gold, red, and dark blue colours of our beloved flag.
The design is accompanied with a Japanese translation of the Bahasa Malaysia proverb "Seperti mentimun dengan durian" (Like a cucumber to a durian).
According to Peribahasa.Info, the proverb means "an unequal comparison".
A close-up shot reveals the little details on the samurai's armour, such as stitches to imitate the stripes of the Jalur Gemilang
The World Flags website was set up primarily to give a brief introduction to each country that will be participating in the 2021 Olympics.
The entry on Malaysia provides a brief history on the formation of the flag and its meaning, but also notes a recent incident where the Jalur Gemilang was mistaken as an American flag decorated with ISIS symbols.
Some of our ASEAN neighbours also got the samurai treatment, such as Singapore...
... and Indonesia!
Check out the samurai from other countries here