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Symbols of the Prefecture

Residents' Day in Ibaraki Prefecture, November 13

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This is the day for the residents in Ibaraki Prefecture to think about Ibaraki's history and to work for the development and progress of our prefecture by enhancing our awareness of autonomy. On July 14, 1871, an imperial prescript of "Haihan-Chiken" (the establishment of prefectures in place of feudal domains) was proclaimed and 305 prefectures were established in total. On November 13 of the same year, the prescript was revised and the number of prefecture was reduced to 75. 11 prefectures were established in the Kantō region, and Nihari-ken, Inba-ken, and Ibaraki-ken were placed in the area that now Ibaraki-ken. Connected with the fact that the name of the prefecture, Ibaraki-ken, was first adopted at this time, this day was established by "Regulation to Establish Residents' Day" (Ibaraki Prefectural Ordinance #3, March 30, 1968) in 1968, the 100th year from the first year of the Meiji period.

Prefectural seal

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The seal dynamically symbolizes an opening bud, using the basic motif of a rose. The rose is closely related to nature and the history of the prefecture as mentioned in the chapter entitled "Ibaraki-gun" in the Hitachi-no-kuni Fūdoki topography. Expressing advancement, creativity, progress, and development, the design is based on "an original, future-directing image" that is suitable for a prefecture leading its people into a new era. The seal was designed by an international graphic designer, Kazumasa Nagai, and was decided with the participation of the residents of Ibaraki Prefecture. The color of the seal is based on the prefectural color, "Ibaraki blue." In support of the people's consciousness of moving towards a new era, the seal was designated on November 13, 1991, the 120th anniversary of the prefecture administration. (Revision: Ibaraki Prefectural Notice #1232)

Prefectural flower: Rose

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The prefectural flower, a rose, or "bara," is connected with the name of the place, Ibaraki. It was designated on March 27, 1966 (Ibaraki Prefectural Notice #343) to be loved as a symbol of the residents' hearts as well as the seal and the flag of the prefecture, both of which are in the shape of a rose. As the Hitachi-no-kuni Fūdoki topography shows, the prefecture is closely connected with the rose. A story in the topography says that Kurosaka-no-mikoto built a castle in the place called Ubara and subjugated burglars and thieves. Although it is thought that there were various kinds of briars such as Teriha briars, Yamateriha briars, and Mori briars in the mountain fields of Ibaraki at that time, no one specific kind of rose is specified as the prefectural flower.

Prefectural tree: Ume, Japanese plum

ume

Proposed by the Mainichi Newspaper publishing company in May 1966, there was a campaign to select a tree representing each prefecture, for the purpose of creating better living circumstances surrounded by greenery. A committee to select a prefectural tree was set up in each prefecture, and the committee in Ibaraki nominated five trees based on the distribution of plants in the prefecture. The most predominant trees are the Japanese red pine (aka-matsu), the Japanese black pine (kuro-matsu), the Japanese plum (Ume), the Japanese cedar (sugi), and the zelkova. The Japanese plum tree was selected by vote by the residents in the prefecture, and it was designated on June 6, 1966. Kairakuen, a garden famous for its Japanese plum trees, has one hundred different kinds totaling 3000 trees.

Prefectural bird: Japanese skylark, hibari

hibari

In order to promote protection of wild birds, the prefecture asked the residents to choose a bird representative of the prefecture during Bird Week in 1965. The most popular bird, a Japanese skylark (hibari) was chosen and recommended by the Council of Ibaraki Prefecture for Birds and Beasts. Accordingly, it was designated on November 3, 1965 based on the Regulations for Protection and Hunting of Birds and Beasts (Taishō 7 Law #32). A Japanese skylark is like a spring angel flying high in the air, and its singing is calm, but powerful and cheerful. As the saying "there is a Japanese skylark where there is a wheat field" goes, these birds are familiar to the people and blend in well with the environment of Ibaraki, the best wheat-producing prefecture in Japan. For those reasons, the Japanese skylark was designated as the prefectural bird.

Prefectural fish: Flatfish

hirame

For the purposes of attracting more attention to fish and deepening the comprehension of beautiful rivers, the sea, and the marine products industry in Ibaraki, the Committee to Select Prefectural Fish was established. The committee nominated various kinds of fish that can be caught in the Ibaraki region as the best fish for each season, and asked the people to choose one as the prefectural fish. The flatfish was designated as the prefectural fish on June 1, 1995 because it is one of the most important resources on the coast in Ibaraki and is delicious in all seasons. Moreover, it was recommended by the largest number of people. Furthermore, the symbol was selected from entries received from all over the country on the same day. The following fish were selected as the best fish in their respective seasons: for saltwater fish, Kashima-nada clams (spring), bonito (summer), flatfish (fall) and angler (winter); for freshwater fish, pond smelt.

Prefectural song

song 

The song was selected from 447 lyrics and 101 compositions received from contestants. The song praises the nature, the glorious history and the tradition of the prefecture, and it also expresses the ideal style of an advancing Ibaraki. Since the song was first introduced at Ibaraki Hall on March 16, 1963 (sponsored by Ibaraki Prefecture and the Ibaraki Board of Education), it has been familiar to, loved, and sung by many people in the prefecture.

 

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