Symbols of Tokyo

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Tokyo Metropolis has two official emblems. One is called the crest or monshō, another is called the symbol. It also has two official flags featuring either emblem.

Metropolitan crest[edit]

Metropolitan Crest

The Crest of Tokyo Metropolis (東京都紋章, Tōkyō-to Monshō) was adopted on November 2, 1943, under the Metropolitan Announcement No.464 (告示第464号). It is same as the Crest of the former Tokyo City, decided by the city council on December 1889. It is believed to be designed by Hiromoto Watanabe (渡辺洪基, Watanabe Hiromoto), an alderman of the city.

The crest shows the Sun with six rays, representing Tokyo as the center of Japan. As most other prefectural crests in Japan, its color is not designated. The crest looks like a kanji 京 (kyō) of 東京 (Tokyo), but the metropolitan announcement does not explain as such.

Metropolitan flag[edit]

Tokyo Metropolis
Flag of Tokyo Prefecture.svg
Proportion 2:3
Adopted October 1, 1964
Design A white Metropolitan Crest on an Edo purple background.
Designed by Hiromoto Watanabe (emblem)

The Flag of Tokyo Metropolis (東京都旗, Tōkyō-to-ki) was adopted on October 1, 1964, under the Metropolitan Announcement No.1042 (告示第1042号). It features a white Metropolitan Crest on center. The background color is Edo purple (江戸紫, Edo murasaki), a traditional color which was popular in Edo.

Metropolitan symbol[edit]

Metropolitan Symbol

The Symbol of Tokyo Metropolis (東京都のシンボルマーク, Tōkyō-to no Shinboru Māku) was adopted on June 1, 1989, under the Metropolitan Announcement No.577 (告示第577号).

The design was selected by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symbol Selection Committee (東京都シンボルマーク選考委員会) from 20 candidates. The winning design was created by Rei Yoshimura (レイ吉村), a professional graphic designer.

The vivid green symbol consists of three arcs combined to resemble a leaf of the ginkgo, the metropolitan tree, and represents T for Tokyo.[1]

Metropolitan symbol flag[edit]

Tokyo Metropolis (Symbol Flag)
Symbol flag of Tokyo.svg
Proportion 2:3
Adopted September 30, 1989
Design A vivid green Metropolitan Symbol on white background.
Designed by Rei Yoshimura (emblem)

The Symbol Flag of Tokyo Metropolis (東京都シンボル旗, Tōkyō-to Shinboru-ki) was adopted on September 30, 1989, under the Metropolitan Announcement No.978 (告示第978号). It features a vivid green Metropolitan Symbol on center. The background color is white.


Both emblems and their corresponding flags are the official insignias of Tokyo. The Metropolitan Crest and the Metropolitan Flag are older and are used on more formal occasions. They are also used on traditional or historical objects, as well as the things of the longer duration of use.[2]

On the other hand, the Metropolitan Symbol and the Metropolitan Symbol Flag are more commonly used, including its official website, the metropolitan-operated buses and trains.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-10. Retrieved 2013-02-18. , retrieved on September 29, 2008; reconfirmed on February 18, 2013
  2. ^ (in Japanese) 東京都のシンボルマークはイチョウではなかった Archived 2009-02-14 at the Wayback Machine. (The symbol mark of Tokyo Metropolis was not a ginkgo), from, retrieved on September 29, 2008

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