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Osaka (Japan)

Ōsaka, 大阪府

Last modified: 2023-12-14 by zachary harden
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image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 26 March 2015

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Description of the flag

The blue stands for cleanness, freshness and intelligence and also represents international city of Osaka where people can have access from sky and sea. Osaka is called water city in Japan because it has a lot of rivers and faces two seas which blue colour also represents.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 17 June 1998

Osaka changed the background of the flag in April 1984. Currently this is blue.
Jaume Ollé, 13 December 1996

The prefecture flag was adopted on Mar 30th 1984 by Announcement No 27. The flag proportion is 2: 3. The height of the emblem is 13/20 height of the flag. The length of the emblem is 18/30 length of the flag.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 26 March 2015

Previous flag

[Osaka - previous]
image by Pascal Gross, 5 May 1998

White stylized three gourds and an initial of the prefecture (O) on green field. White stands for infinite possibility and green for freshness and vitality. The gourds are symbol of Taikou who founded commercial city of Osaka and three ones represent hope, harmony and prosperity. Adopted 1968-06-21.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 06 May 1998

Green flag with white emblem consisting of four connected circles. Proportions 2:3.
This flag is in Smith 1980 marked as state flag on land.
Željko Heimer, 08 December 1996

Sports Association

[Gunma Sports Association]
source; image by Tomislav Šipek, 8 October 2023

[Gunma Sports Association]
Osaka Sports Union; image by Tomislav Šipek, 8 October 2023

The logo mark was adopted in 1949 by Hiroshi Kasuga, chairman of the Osaka Sports Federation (the predecessor of the Osaka Sports Association). The design is based on the image of an athletic track and the letter "O" for Osaka, with the kanji word "Osaka" in the center. It is widely used as the symbol mark of the Osaka Sports Association, and is well known among sports enthusiasts in Osaka Prefecture. The red color of the track represents the energy of the industrial city of Osaka at that time. The blue color of the outline of the Osaka track represents the city of water, symbolizing youthfulness, sincerity and hope. The white flag depicting the green-colored logo is the flag of the Osaka Sports Union [second image in this section], an affiliate of the Osaka Sports Association established in 1947.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 8 October 2023

Municipal flags of Osaka prefecture