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Forkball
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(02-15-2016, 01:58 PM)
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THE COOLEST



They are an excellent representation of Japan aesthetics with its mix of traditional inspiration and modern design. They are mostly based off of mon (family emblems) commonly used in ancient times, and have a mix of distinctive colors. I'm impressed that they all manage to share a similar design, yet are also very unique and striking. They also manage to incorporate something about the place into the design as well.

Here are just a few neat ones. Anything inside of ( ) is stuff I copied from Wikipedia.

Ishikawa Prefecture

You can probably watch an F-Zero race here. (The mon is a stylised form of its name in kanji, 石川 (Ishikawa). It also represents the stylised map of the prefecture.)

Kyoto City

I totally believe an emperor used to live here after looking at that flag.

Osaka Prefecture

This gets points for how many layers of subtext this flag has. (The blue stands for cleanness, freshness and intelligence and also represents the sky and sea due to Ōsaka City having both an airport and seaport. The blue also represents Ōsaka's nickname water city, due to having many rivers and facing two seas. The mon represents calabash, the symbol of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Circles also mean the letter O.)

Date City

The ancestral home of the Date clan, and its most famous member's influence can easily be seen in this flag.

Uozu City

More flags should incorporate NEON GREEN.

Okayama Prefecture

There's gotta be a Gundam modeled after this. (Stylized kanji of 岡 (oka). The simplified version uses the white symbol instead of gold.)

Miyazaki City

Great color combo.

Kagoshima City

More flags really need volcanoes.

Ibaraki Prefecture

This one just looks cool. (The prefectural flower rose on blue field. Blue stands for the Pacific Ocean and Mount Tsukuba.)

Here is a link to the prefectural flags.

If you wanna go deep in the rabbit hole, you can check out the many, many municipal flags.
Dennis
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We Shogun: Total War now.
SgtCobra
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(02-15-2016, 02:00 PM)
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Some look like Pokémon gym badges..
Zombine
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Man...these flags are incredible. I would actually take pride in my city and where I come from if they looked like that. I would fly my colors on my mech proudly.
Mr. Giggles
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(02-15-2016, 02:06 PM)
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Damn, those are pretty cool designs.

They look like rocket league flags :3
Veins
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(02-15-2016, 02:11 PM)
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Man these are amazing. Some great Wipeout team logos there. I love the colours.
Etrian Oddity
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(02-15-2016, 02:20 PM)
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Fukuoka municipal mon
rrvv
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still the best
bluelightningduo
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(02-15-2016, 02:21 PM)
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If by coolest you mean modern looking, then I agree.
GorillaJu
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Mine's not up there :(

Triplicates
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(02-15-2016, 02:24 PM)
The first is totally a Star Trek com badge.
MadJackChurchill
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No goddamn love for the Land of Japanese Prime Ministers and Fugu: Yamaguchi-ken?



Disgraceful.
Pacbois
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(02-15-2016, 02:25 PM)
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10th one looks like it's straight of Wipeout
FunkyDealer
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They all look like the work of Designers Republic or something, I love it!
andymcc
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Flags look like factions from non-UC Gundam or some shit.
plasmawave
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(02-15-2016, 02:27 PM)
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Casshern.
Peru
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Originally Posted by rrvv

still the best

About as controversial as the swastika for some Asian nations invaded by Japan.
HStallion
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(02-15-2016, 02:28 PM)
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Originally Posted by andymcc

Flags look like factions from non-UC Gundam or some shit.

They are just future proofing their flags.
Veritigo_X
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(02-15-2016, 02:28 PM)
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Doesn't each town and prefecture also have an anime mascot?
MikeHattsu
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Light green is noises? :P
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HStallion
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(02-15-2016, 02:32 PM)
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Originally Posted by Professor Renegade

The King Preying Mantis prefecture?
rrvv
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(02-15-2016, 02:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by Peru

About as controversial as the swastika for some Asian nations invaded by Japan.

This day, the only one that make big deal is China and Korea (make sense consider they are the one that affected most). rest is pretty cool

Originally Posted by Veritigo_X

Doesn't each town and prefecture also have an anime mascot?

Not really. only few have it

http://us.jnto.go.jp/popculture/yuru.php
Faynwulf
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(02-15-2016, 02:40 PM)
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Those look more like Podracer flags from Star Wars.
Qvoth
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(02-15-2016, 02:42 PM)
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damn those things are really cool
Jonnax
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(02-15-2016, 02:47 PM)
I presume this is the inspiration for Wipeout's aesthetics.
mere_immortal
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So Destiny is set in Japan then.
Pamplemousse
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(02-15-2016, 02:55 PM)
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Originally Posted by rrvv

still the best

I wonder if the Imperial flag there is like the Confederate flag in the US?
Elitist1945
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(02-15-2016, 02:56 PM)
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They look like something you'd find from Space Colonies. I love it.
kami_sama
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Originally Posted by Etrian Oddity



Fukuoka municipal mon

Totally Mitsubishi's logo:
George Oscar Bluth II
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(02-15-2016, 02:57 PM)
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Some of them look a perfect fit for some Mass effect mercenary groups.
andythinkpad
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They are all win8 icons.
Ganzlinger
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I don't like any of these flags. Not a fan of this modern style.

Cool flags = heraldry
Zomba13
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Originally Posted by George Oscar Bluth II

Some of them look a perfect fit for some Mass effect mercenary groups.

Yup. ME Merc groups, WipeOut racing corporations, Pokémon Team logos or gym badges.

They really are super cool and stylish.
Apathy
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it's like one of my japanese animes
BY2K
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reminds me of S.H.I.E.L.D
bud23
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Originally Posted by MikeHattsu



Light green is noises? :P

Looks like a guy peeing outside on a windy day
Drinkel
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Reminds me a lot of Wipeout team logos. Very cool.
sprsk
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They make rad gifs too: http://cre-m.jp/ogi_07/
DarkKyo
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(02-15-2016, 03:11 PM)
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Originally Posted by Professor Renegade

Originally Posted by HStallion

The King Preying Mantis prefecture?

More like...
Darkangel
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(02-15-2016, 03:14 PM)
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Originally Posted by rrvv

still the best

It's definitely one of the coolest flag designs. They actually still use it for the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.

MikeHattsu
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Originally Posted by sprsk

They make rad gifs too: http://cre-m.jp/ogi_07/

Neat
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FluxWaveZ
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Never seen these before. They look fantastic.
Timbuktu
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Originally Posted by Darkangel

It's definitely one of the coolest flag designs. They actually still use it for the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Shame it brings with it such horrible associations.

As others said, those flags are better than you get for Pokemon or Naruto.
nailbombxx
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(02-15-2016, 03:38 PM)
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Really cool designs!
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(02-15-2016, 03:49 PM)
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Originally Posted by MikeHattsu



Light green is noises? :P

Looks like a dolphin blowing a guy ala Resident Evil 6 Giraffe bj, so yes those are ecstasy noises reverberating through time space at the jubilation of being blown by a dolphin
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Originally Posted by SgtCobra

Some look like Pokémon gym badges..

My thoughts.
Sub_Level
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(02-15-2016, 03:52 PM)
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WipEout racer icons
Mr Git
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These are brilliant. I'd probably be a flag bearing type if ours looked anything like any of these.

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