|Flag and Emblem|
Welcome to Japan!
The table below should be accurate up to and including the national stone (jadeite). However, the remaining symbols were gleaned from Wikipedia, which is all over the map when it comes to symbols. For example, Wikipedia mistakenly calls the cherry tree Japan’s national tree.
At any rate, I’ll attempt to verify the remaining symbols when I find time.
|Land of the Rising Sun|
|Symbols of State|
|Flower||cherry blossom (Prunus serrulata) & Chrysanthemum morifolium|
|Tree||Japanese red cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)|
|Fruit||Japanese persimmon (Diospyros kaki)|
|Bird||green pheasant (Phasianus versicolor)||1947|
|Fish||koi (Cyprinus carpio)|
|Butterfly||great purple emperor (Sasakia charonda)|
|Microorganism (unofficial?)||Aspergillus oryzae|
|Mountain (unofficial)||Mount Fuji|
|Colors||red and white|
|Dish||sushi, Japanese curry, ramen|
|Poet||Koizumi Yakumo, Murasaki Shikibu, Matsuo Bashō|
|Epic||Kojiki, Nihon Shoki, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (Taketori Monogatari), The Tale of the Heike (Heike Monogatari)|
Follow the links below to see lists of the symbols of each prefecture and pictures of the prefectural flags and emblems. When I find time, I’ll add more information and pictures.