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Tottori (Japan)


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image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 26 March 2015

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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

The prefecture flag was adopted on Oct 23rd 1968. The flag proportion is 2: 3. and the height of the emblem is 11/16 height of the flag.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 26 March 2015

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

Fishery Inspection Vessel Ensign

image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 01 April 2015

Tottori Prefecture Fishery Inspection Vessel ensign was adopted on Dec 14th 2004 by Notice No 988. The red ensign has kanji sign 取締中= under inspection in the center and the kanji prefecture name horizontally in white at the bottom part.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 01 April 2015

Municipalities of Tottori Prefecture