Only in later years have I understood anything about how our planet moves around itself and around the Sun, and how it therefore appears to always "rise in the East" and "set in the West", apparently "traveling across the sky" (but it's actually our planet that is traveling and spinning at the same time while the Sun is fixed in the centre). At least I'm pretty sure that there are no exceptions to this rule, but I wouldn't be surprised if things are different in other positions on Earth's surface.
Anyway, Japan is called the "land of the rising sun", supposedly because it is... far to the... East? But the Earth is spherical, so this has no meaning, does it? Yes, North is "up", but East... there is nowhere you can say that East "ends" because the most extreme East position on a 2D world map is just next to where the "West" is beginning. So is the idea that just because (some?) world maps have Japan to the right, and thus "East" in some misleading sense, then Japan is the "land of the rising sun"?
This confuses me. Does the sunrise and sunset have something particular about it when you are watching it from Japan, as opposed to central Europe or North America or anywhere else? Is this just a reference to semi-recent "Western" world maps? I'm pretty sure that Asian world maps place themselves in the centre rather than in the "far East"?