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Nozomi Kariyasu

Meet the Illustrator

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Nozomi Kariyasu 2013

Nozomi Kariyasu
ICV 23 in Yokohama 2009
with FIAV chairman

Nozomi Kariyasu - Tokyo - Japan

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     My personal flag: My crest of water plantain in Japanese kariyasu color (greyish-yellow).
     I was born in Chiba, Japan in 1949. My interest in studying flags began at the age of 10 years particularly in Colonial Flags at the time. I graduated from Waseda University in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in political science.
     I joined Mitsubishi Corporation and experienced overseas posting in New York during 1984-1989 and in Melbourne during 1994-1999. Now I am a corporate adviser of Yamasa Corporation Japan.
     I became a member of Flags Society of Australia in Melbourne and started the activity. I joined FOTW in 1996 in Melbourne. In 2000 I formed Japanese Vexillological Association in Tokyo with kindest support from late Mr.Harry Oswald NAVA. The association became a member of FIAV in 2001.
     I attended ICV in 2001 in York, in 2003 in Stockholm, in 2007 in Berlin and in 2009 in Yokohama.
     I organized ICV 23 in July 2009 in Yokohama as a host which is the first ICV held in Asia. I made two lectures on Korean Historical Flags and Colonial Flags.
     I designed the ICV 23 flag and I play drums in a band named Malo Republic and designed the band flag.

Nozomi Kariyasu, 27 October 2014

Favorite Illustrations:

My favorite flags drawn by my friend Kazutaka Nishiura. [Kazutaka has more than 375 images on FOTW and does the illustrations for Nozomi Kariyasu's books]

Image by Kazutaka Nishiura
Image by Kazutaka Nishiura

My favorite flags I designed. [Nozomi has about 50 images to his credit on FOTW and is author of books using Kazutaka Nishiura's illustrations]

Image by Nozomi Kariyasu
Flag designed by Nozomi Kariyasu
MALO Republic


Past Projects and Honors:

  • Nozomi is the author of the following books
    1. The Pictorial Book of National Flags & Emblems of the World, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012
    2. The Pictorial Book of National Flags of the World in 2007
    3. Pictorial Book of Military Flags, Roundels & National Flags of the World 2007
    4. Pictorial Book of Maritime Flags of the World 2008
    5. Flags of Former Colonies & Overseas Territories of The Great Powers 2009
    6. National Flags of the World for Children 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2014
    7. Flags & Emblems of Stateless Nations 2011
  • Nozomi was made a Fellow of the Federation in 2009 for his significant contribution to vexillology and service to FIAV.
  • He organized ICV 23 in July 2009 in Yokohama, which was the first ICV held in Asia.
  • He is the current President of the Japanese Vexillological Association

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