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Tottori (Japan)


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by Pascal Gross, 5 May 1998

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Description of the flag

White stylized Hiragana character of To (と) of Tottori in a bird shape on dark blue field as Tottori means many birds. The emblem represents freedom, peace and future progress. Adopted 23 October 1968.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 6 May 1998

Meaning behind the symbol

Tottori Prefecture lies on the western shore of Honshu. The work "tori" means "bird". The prefecture flag reflects a stylized bird, white on blue. But if you are familiar with the hiragana alphabet, the phonetic symbol for "to" (pronounced as would be "toe" in English) is also similar. It is a Roman "C" with a small spike arising from the upper left of the character ( -C). A reader of Japanese would see in the flag both "to" and "tori".
Bruce Ward - 1996-05-12

Tottori (city)


image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 12 October 2009

The flag was adopted on July 20th 1984 by the prefecture in Notice No 94.

The flag proportions are 2:3.

The turquoise flag is charged with city emblem in white. ○ stands for literary and ◇ for military arts. The ancient style of kanji TORI 鳥 is put in the center.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 12 October 2009