Tsuchiura (Ibaraki): The kanji 土 (tsuchi) represents a flower and the waves on Lake Kasumigaura

Ōme (Tōkyō): The kanji 青 (ao) and plum blossom (ume) signify 青梅 (Ōme)

Hitachi (Ibaraki): A flower-shaped 立 (tachi) kanji inside a circle representing the kanji 日 (hi)

Kanazawa (Ishikawa): The kanji 金 (kana) inside a plum blossom, the Maeda clan symbol

Azumino (Nagano): The kanji 安 (an), the first character in 安曇野 (Azumino)

Akita: The kanji 田 (ta) symbolizing arrows, a reference to Akita Castle

Hachinohe (Aomori): The kanji 八戸 (Hachinohe) in the shape of a crane (head and wings)

Takatsuki (Ōsaka): The kanji 高 (taka)

Yūbari (Hokkaidō): The kanji 夕 () inside a hexagon representing coal

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Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrating my 10th anniversary with Long John this year.