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Hiroshima (Japan)


Last modified: 2023-06-03 by zachary harden
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image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 26 March 2015

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Description of the flag

White stylized Katakana character of Hi (ヒ) of Hiroshima on wine red field. The emblem represent harmony, cooperation of people and progress. Adopted 1968-07-16.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 06 May 1998

Red-pinkish field, white emblem. Proportions 2:3.
Jan Oskar Engene,
03 May 1996

The prefecture emblem and the flag were adopted on July 16th 1968 by Notice No 572. The flag proportion is 2: 3 and the diameter of the emblem is 3/5 height of the flag.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 26 March 2015

Symbol of the prefecture

The symbol of the prefecture is a schematic representation of the first (Japanese) letter of the word Hiroshima. Its roundness symbolizes the harmony and unity among the prefectural citizens. The overlapping roundness of these pictograms symbolizes the vigorous development of Hiroshima Prefecture. (Decided on July 16, 1968) 
(This is, of course, the symbol on the flag)
researched by Dov Gutterman, 15 March 1999

The construction sheet is Located at (in Japanese), it gives somewhat of details to draw the Hiroshima Prefecture symbol. The chart on the law page has it at 100 units, but I could not make out what the other letter is, nor what O 1, O2, etc. is. The main thing to note with the prefecture flag is that the symbol is 3/5ths of the height of the flag (just like the sun on the national flag of Japan) and uses the Munsell color 4R 4/11 for the background (the middle symbol is white).
Zachary Harden, 8 September 2009

The law found online is dated 1968 and is accompanied by history information which mentions notice 572 of 16 July 1968.
Jonathan Dixon, 10 September 2009

Municipalities of Hiroshima prefecture