|The outer circle symbolizes ocean. The white circle symbolizes peace-loving Okinawa. The inner circle symbolizes globally developing Okinawa. In short, the mark symbolizes "Ocean" "Peace" and "Development".|
|The Okinawa Prefectural flower:Deigo
From April to May,Okinawa is covered with the crimson of deigos.This is also one of the materials of Ryukyu lacquer ware.The blazing color of deigos is as passionate as Okinawa.
|The Okinawa Prefectural tree: Ryukyu-matsu (pine)
Ryukyu-matsu is the pine tree which is famous for its graceful shape and beautiful blackish color. The famous tree types are found in Nakijin Village and Kume Island. They were planted in the period of the Ryukyu Dynasty, and today we can still see their unchanged elegant shapes.
|The Okinawa Prefectural fish: Takasago
It is also called gurukun and is one of the most familiar coastal fish in Okinawa. The color of the fish is beautiful cobalt, but it turns red when it dies. And also, at night, it turns red to protect itself from danger.
|The Okinawa Prefectural bird: Noguchigera
It is a rare kind of woodpecker which only inhabits the northern mountain district of the main island. This bird can't be seen anywhere else in the world, so it is designated as a national natural monument.
Photo from Okinawa Prefectural Government