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Hirosaki Domain (Japan)

Last modified: 2014-05-01 by Zachary Harden
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[Flag of Tottori Domain]
image by Kazutaka Nishiura and Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 29 April 2014

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Located at Aomori Prefecture. Last lord's name: Tsugaru Tsuguakira.
They used white field charged with black Manji=Buddhist swastika in the center 白地黒卍紋旗 as Domain's naval ensign.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 31 March 2014

A square white flag, with a centred black Manji-Buddhist swastika. So, what characteristics make it specifically a Manji-Buddhist swastika? So, how is a Buddhist swastika different from, say, a Hindu or Jain Swastika, from swastikas in general?
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 29 April 2014

Manji Buddhist swastika is not special but popular family crest in Japan. Buddhist swastika was transmitted to Japan from India thru China and the swastika is Sanskrit words widely used in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. The shape is all same.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 29 April 2014

In Asia the swastika is generally "left-handed": tourist maps indicating Buddhist sites showed this. The Nazis used a "right-handed" one.
Albert Kirsch, 30 April 2014