A guide to Japanese typographic town logos

Wikipedia have several pages providing images of Japanese municipal flags and explanations of their symbols. Many of the flags contain stylised versions of Japanese characters and images relevant to the location.

The kanji 北 (kita), representing a sash weight of a balance.

The hiragana ち (chi) representing an airplane.

The kanji (rice, kome), as the city once had the largest output of the crop in Japan. It also visually represents the city’s location as a transportation hub.

The katakana ネ (ne), representing a horse hoof. In Japanese, “horse” is ma.

The kanji 金 (kana). The outline is ume (plum), the Maeda clan symbol.

The kanji 三條 (Sanjō), the city name in the former spelling.


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