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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.

Nicknames
  Land of the Rising Sun
Symbols of State
Anthem Kimigayo  
EcoSymbols
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  
Stone jadeite 2016
Mountain (unofficial) Mount Fuji  
Cultural Symbols
Colors red and white  
Dish sushi, Japanese curry, ramen  
Liquor sake  
Sport (unofficial) sumo  
Instrument koto  
Dance Noh Mai  
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.

Aichi Hyōgo Miyazaki Shimane
Akita Ibaraki Nagano Shizuoka
Aomori Ishikawa Nagasaki Tochigi
Chiba Iwate Nara Tokushima
Ehime Kagawa Niigata Tōkyō
Fukui Kagoshima Ōita Tottori
Fukuoka Kanagawa Okayama Toyama
Fukushima Kōchi Okinawa Wakayama
Gifu Kumamoto Ōsaka Yamagata
Gunma Kyōto Saga Yamaguchi
Hiroshima Mie Saitama Yamanashi
Hokkaido Miyagi Shiga  
Aichi Hyōgo
Akita Ibaraki
Aomori Ishikawa
Chiba Iwate
Ehime Kagawa
Fukui Kagoshima
Fukuoka Kanagawa
Fukushima Kōchi
Gifu Kumamoto
Gunma Kyōto
Hiroshima Mie
Hokkaido Miyagi
Miyazaki Shimane
Nagano Shizuoka
Nagasaki Tochigi
Nara Tokushima
Niigata Tōkyō
Ōita Tottori
Okayama Toyama
Okinawa Wakayama
Ōsaka Yamagata
Saga Yamaguchi
Saitama Yamanashi
Shiga  
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