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Prefectural Emblem

The emblem combines the shapes of Shizuoka Prefecture and Mt. Fuji in a curved, unified design.

Flag

Prefectural Flag

The prefectural flag bears the prefectural emblem. The blue background color represents the seemingly infinite expanse of the sky and the Pacific Ocean, and symbolizes the progress and development of Shizuoka. The prefectural emblem itself is in white. The orange part within the prefectural emblem represents the passion and unification of the inhabitants of the prefecture and the bright shinning sunlight of Shizuoka.

Azelea

Prefectural Flower: Azalea

Many varieties of azaleas grow in Shizuoka, some of which are rarely found in other parts of the country. The azalea was chosen by the prefecture as its official flower in 1965 after asking the public for ideas. It was selected due to its familiarity and suitability for Shizuoka’s climate.

Flycatcher

Prefectural Bird: Black Paradise Flycatcher

These birds arrive in Japan around April and live at the foot of Mount Fuji and other forest areas during summer. The bird’s Japanese name is sanko-cho (three light bird), alluding to celestial bodies; its song is said to sound like tsuki, hi, hoshi, hoi, hoi, hoi (moon, sun, star, hey, hey, hey).

Osmanthus

Prefectural Tree: Sweet Osmanthus

These trees grow in warm climates, thriving on sunlight and moderate moisture. They have long been planted in gardens or for hedges because of their sweet fragrance. They can be found throughout Shizuoka.

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