Saturday, March 26, 2011

Japanese Prefectural Flag Twins - Toyama & Aomori : Part 6

Flag of Aomori Prefecture

The Japanese Prefectures of Aomori and Toyama harmoniously align by design and colour. Both have white backgrounds and green emblems. Coincidentally their central green emblems are reflective of geography. Toyama Prefecture is famous for having mountains and shape of the icon has two mountain tops. Also hidden in center we can see a Japanese Hiragana Letter - "TO."

Aomori Prefecture uses a stylized geographical outline of prefecture as its central green emblem. The emblem of Tokyama reminds me a camping logo, and Aomori emblem looks like as youth hostel logo, eh?

Flag of Toyama Prefecture

Both flags echo geographical marks that are important to both prefectures. Toyama is famous for its mountains and plateaus, while Aomori is the at the Northern tip of Honshu. You can think of Toyama as being the Colorado of Japan and Aomori as being like Maine.

Both prefectures are famous for their civil engineering projects. Toyama is home to Japan's tallest dam - the Kurobe Dam that dams the Kurobe River. Although meek when compared to America's Hoover Dam, the Kurobe Dam is nonetheless Japan's premier tourist attraction - as "Japan's Hoover Dam."

Japan's Tallest Dam
Kurobe Dam

Along the northern tip of main island of Honshu is Aomori - this part of Japan feels less like the Far East and more like the Adirondack or Yellow Stone. Aomori is also famous for its man made public works - the Seikan Tunnel. This is the longest and deepest railway tunnel in the world. It connects Hokkaido with Honshu.

Aomori and Toyama are parts of Japan at the edges by latitude and altitude. The fresh mountain plateaus of Toyama gave her stunning beauty, as Toyama is home to Japan's tallest waterfall - Shomyo Falls. Aomori too is revealing in her natural beauty of the far north. Japan's coastline is blessed with hundreds of small bays and inlets but Aomori has the largest private bay - unshared with another prefecture. Which coincidentally kinda' looks like Toyama Prefecture.


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