The kanji characters representing Japan (Nihon or Nippon in Japanese) are 日 (nichi), meaning "sun" or "day," and 本 (hon), meaning "base" or "origin." Together: sunrise. The United Nations, meanwhile, employs an arbitrary numbering system to identify countries, in which Japan is nation 392. Slate and grey inks screen printed on French's Speckletone® True White 100#C paper. 18" x 24".