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Japanese Subdivisions

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[Japan] by Antonio Martins

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Prefectures ordered alphabetically Prefectures ordered geographically
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Mon symbols

The flags of the Japanese prefectures use Mon symbols. I view them as heraldry made modern. The Kanji written by them reflect not only ancient Chinese pictograms, but also alliteration or sound. From a language viewpoint, the Mon of the various prefectures make much more meaning than most of the western world's corporate logos.
Bruce Ward,
5 March 1996


Karafuto is (was) the Japanese name for Sakhalin, or at least for the southern part of it. I think the island was lost to Russia in 1911, but some of it was briefly regained by Japan in WWII. The local name, which is neither Russian nor Japanese, I do not know, but it's aboriginal people -- the Ainu -- name collectively both islands (Sakhalin and Hokkaido) Ainu Moshir, i.e., Ainu Fatherland.
Antonio Martins, 25 November 1996