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image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 January 2006
Flag proportion: 11:15
colour of field: white
colour of emblem: dark green
length of emblem: 1/2 length of flag
Fukui city website (link in Japanese)
Nozomi Kariyasu, 20 January 2006
The crest of city, depicts the Fukui castle, to the parallel crosses of the "luck
no well" it is old it utilizes combining the north of Fukui old name the "north
no manor", being something which translates into design the development and prosperity
into new age, it does.
Eugene Ipavec, 25 January 2006 (citing Google machine translation)
Fukui originated as a the town around a castle of the military commander Shibata Katsuie (1530-83). A this time the castle (and the town) were called 北ノ庄 (Kitanosho?).
The emblem has four thick lines intersecting to form a tilted square, together with a line drawn from outside the top left border of the square in the square, turning straight down and then over the bottom left border, and a similar line between the top right and bottom right. The notice concerning the emblem depicts the lines forming the square and the other two lines separately, each picture labelled by the kanji which it represents. The two lines are labeled by Kita 北 (north), with the explanation that it symbolises the original name of Fukui and remembers the ancient times. The four lines are labelled by I 井 (well), the character of Fukui 福井, symbolising the name (meaning "fortuitous well") and the city's current prosperity. The passage Eugene machine translated seems to say that the well referred to is in the castle and confirms that the kanji are combined to revive the past and symbolise the development and prosperity of the new era.
The notice concerning the flag contains a picture with explicit dimensions: 110cm x 150cm. The flag is white Atsume Habutae (?) silk. The finial is a golden ball with three depressions?
I don't know any better way to interpret "komyunikeeshon maaku". According to
Wikipedia, the phoenix is a symbol of the city symbolising the vitality of the city
after devastating bombing during World War II and an earthquake in 1948. The image combines
the symbol of the phoenix, the castle emblem and the city flower, the hydrangea.
It shows a phoenix spreading its wings against a backdrop of the flower, the phoenix
wanting to take off, symbolising the city facing the future with grace and vitality.
The "communication mark" was adopted on 3 March 1992, and a version without the
city emblem can be used generally for non-commercial purposes with consent from
the mayor, but there is no sign that it is used on a flag.
Jonathan Dixon, 8 May 2006