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Nagahama [Mie prefecture Japan]


Last modified: 2006-09-02 by phil nelson
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[Nagahama city flag]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 19 January 2006

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Nagahama city adopted its emblem: 25 August 1947; adoption date of flag: 30 June 1979 by Notice No 32 (link in Japanese)

Flag proportion: 2:3
colour of field: light green
colour of emblem: white; diemeter of emblem: 42/100 length of flag; a stylized kanji Naga .
Nozomi Kariyasu, 16 January 2006

The emblem consists of a stylised kanji naga (long, leader) inside a circle. Around the circle are twelve shapes made of a small circle joined to a larger circle, with the smaller circle on the inside. As far as I can gather from the Japanese, the shapes have something to do with Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Lord of Nagahama), and their number (12) is something to do with the Nagahama Hikiyama Festival (the date/number of days?).

The emblem's position on the flag is centred vertically and 1/40 of the length towards the hoist.
Jonathan Dixon, 27 February 2006