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Yamagata (Japan)


Last modified: 2023-06-03 by zachary harden
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image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 22 March 2015

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Description of the flag

White stylized three mountains on blue field because Yamagata means a shape of mountain. These also represents stream of the Mogami river running through Yamagata. Blue stands for desire for peace and ideal, white for snow and purity of people. Adopted 1963-03-26.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 6 May 1998

Easy to describe as three mountain peaks in snow-white against the green of the forests. But if you look closely, you will see each peak has a triangular indentation which might be viewed as an opening>entrance>mouth. "Yama' is Japanese for mountain.
Bruce Ward, 7 June 1996

The construction sheet of the Yamagata Prefecture is at The flag is light blue according to the law, but not sure if the three measures in the law are Munsell or not.
Zachary Harden, 9 September 2009

The colour specification in the law is JIS Z-8721, which as far as I know is indexed by Munsell notation. The fact that the three attributes are described as hue, brightness and chroma would seem to back that up, giving the colour as Munsell 2.5PB 2.8/8.73.
Jonathan Dixon, 9 September 2009

The prefecture emblem was adopted on Aug 21st 1976 by Notice No 127. The previous prefecture flag was adopted on Mar 26th 1963 by Notice No 267. The current prefecture flag was adopted on Apr 16th 1971 by Notice No 478.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 22 March 2015

Previous Flag

image by Nozomi Kariyasu, 18 March 2015

The previous prefecture flag was adopted on Mar 26th 1963 which was green flag with white mountain form prefecture emblem in the center. The green color represented prefecture people’s wish for peace and the ideal however on Apr 16th 1971 the field color was changed to blue.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 18 March 2015

Sports Association

[Yamagata Sports Association]
image by Zachary Harden, 15 November 2017

Yamagata uses the prefecture mark, in orange, on a white disc. These elements are placed on an orange flag and the name of the association is at the bottom.
Zachary Harden, 14 November 2017

Municipalities of Yamagata