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Aichi (Japan)


Last modified: 2010-03-06 by phil nelson
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image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 20 October 2009

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Description of the flag

White stylized Hiragana character of Aichi on wine red colour field. The emblem also expresses sunrise and wave to indicate Aichi's location facing the Pacific Ocean. Adopted 15 August 1950.
Nozomi Kariyasu - 1998-05-06

Field dark brown, emblem white. Proportions about 2 : 3.
Jan Oskar Engene, 3 May 1996

The flag has a ratio of 7x10 and the height of the prefecture emblem is 3/5th of the flag's height. The symbol is colored white, the background of the flag is 4.5R 4/10 in Munsell.
Zachary Harden, 18 September 2010

According to prefecture website (translation informed by brief English description at symbol page), the emblem symbolises the waves of the Pacfic Ocean, representing the prefecture's attention to international relations, using stylised hiraganaˇ (あいち Aichi). The emblem was chosen from 1600 entries to a nationwide competition.
Jonathan Dixon, 25 September 2009

1900 Fishery Research Organization

Interestingly, I found an an order from 21 November 1900 regarding a 2:3 white flag with a red six-armed cross, to be used by vessels undertaking work for the Aichi Prefecture Fisheries Research Organisation. On the diagram, it is described as white with a red kanji (㽥, water), being the initial character of 水産 (Fishing/Fisheries).
Jonathan Dixon, 25 September 2009