Before we begin with the description and story about the motorcycle codenamed as Ronin, from Tamarit Motorcycles we would like to apologise to everyone who took offense because the designs and colours featured on the fuel tank of this project. Many designs are created just because they look appealing because its shapes or colours, frequently without thinking about that maybe would have other connotation or even an offensive meaning towards certain collectives. Once Ronin was introduced in blogs, social networks, fairs and magazines, we received many mails from Asia, asking about the flag featured on the fuel tank, which we painted just because liked it.
One of those mails explained that the flag, even if there’s one version today referring to the Self-Defense Japanese Forces, the centered rising sun flag was for many years the regalia of the Japanese Imperial Army, empire historically known for its eagerness on conquering China and the Coreas, as well as the conflicts of World War II and the Sino-Japanese wars.
Nowadays the flag is commonly related to right-wing political collectives, even though it’s represented in many forms of art, commercial packagings etc, it triggers a huge rejection among the asian territories around Japan affected by ancient conflicts. Moreover, the flag was banned during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in order to prevent any kind of friction between the attendants.