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Symbols

Symbols of Tokushima

Prefectural Emblem

The Prefectural emblem of Tokushima was designed in March, 1966 by inviting public contributions. The design incorporates the characters “とく” (Toku) from “とくしま” (Tokushima) and a flying bird, and expresses Tokushima Prefecture’s ideals of harmony, union, ambition and progress.

Prefectural Emblem of Tokushima

Prefectural Tree: Yamamomo (Japanese bayberry)

In the “Tokushima-Han” days, the yamamomo tree was given special protection by the local government to prohibit its cutting. It grows even on barren land, and was planted in forests as a fertilizing tree. The yamamomo fruit produced in Tokushima Prefecture is famous. It turns bright red in the early summer, and is loved for its sweet and sour taste.

 

Date of establishment: September 13, 1966

Prefectural Tree: Yamamomo (Japanese bayberry)

Prefectural Bird: Shirasagi (white heron)

Herons with all-white plumage belonging to the Ardeidae family are called Shirasagi. Herons inhabit and breed in forests or bamboo groves around wetlands and watersides, and are seen widely in Tokushima Prefecture. The beautiful snow-white figure of shirasagi is loved by the residents in the prefecture as a symbol of peace.

 

Date of establishment: October 1, 1965

Prefectural Bird: Shirasagi (white heron)

Prefectural Flower: Sudachi flower

The sudachi belongs to Rutaceae family, and blooms with a small, white flower in mid-May every year. Sudachi trees have been grown in Tokushima since long ago. The fruit is loved for its fresh taste, and is one of Tokushima’s specialties.

 

Date of establishment: 10/04/1974

Prefectural Flower: Sudachi flower