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Aomori (Japan)


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[Aomori] 7:10
image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 21 March 2015

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Description of the flag

Prefecture map in green on white field. Green is a color of prefecture tree, arbor vitae. The flag symbolizes pride and hope of the people. Adopted 1961-01-01.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 6 May 1998

The construction sheet of the Aomori Prefecture flag is at The flag ratio is 7x10 (measurements given as 140x200) and gives exact details on what points should be at what locations. Overall, the prefecture symbol is 6.5/10th's of the height of the flag. The only thing that I could not find at this moment is the exact color of the flag. The above law says only dark green and nothing else using Munsell or anything else.

Interestingly, the measurements are given as 140x200 cm, with the comment that the ratio should be kept as 7:10 if the flag is enlarged and shrunk. The law states that the symbol is 65% (literally 6.5 tenths) of the height from top to bottom, and that the base of the symbol is 65% of the flag's width. However, the detail construction sheet does not exactly match this statement. It has the symbol as 9/14 (~64.2%) of the height, and 2/3 (~66.7%) of the width.
Zachary Harden, 8 September 2009

The prefecture emblem and the flag were adopted on Jan 1st 1961 by Notice No 6. The white flag has a green prefecture emblem in the center. The emblem depicts the prefecture form. The white color stands for boundless expanse of cosmos and the green color for hope for exponential development and the future. The flag proportion is 7: 10. The height of the emblem is 6.5/10 height of the flag. The length of the emblem is 6.5/10 length of the flag.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 21 March 2015

Meaning behind the symbol

Aomori Prefecture is the northernmost province of the largest Japanese island, Honshu. The prefectural flag is a stylized map of the prefecture. If you look at a map of Japan in any atlas, and have the picture of the flag, you will be easily able to recognize that they are of almost identical shape. The proportions are not exact, but if you were familiar with many maps used by the Japanese, it would not come as a surprise.
Bruce Ward, 12 May 1996

Sports Association

[Aomori Sports Association]
image by Zachary Harden, 15 November 2017

Aomori is a white logo on blue. I received a note off-list from Nozomi Kariyasu about the Aomori Prefecture association flag: "The white logo mark represents prefecture bird (swan) and blue color stands for a lake and character ao=青 (blue). They don't know when the flag was adopted but it has been used for more than 10 years.
Zachary Harden, 14 and 15 November 2017

Municipalities of Aomori