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National Sports Festival (Japan)

国民体育大会, Kokutai, 国体

Last modified: 2012-04-03 by eugene ipavec
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Introduction

The National Sports Festival (国民体育大会, Kokutai, 国体) is Japan's largest national sports meet.

The first National Sports Festival was held in 1946 in the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe region, mainly in Kyoto. Since then, the Festival has been held every year with prefectures competing against one another, with prefectures hosting the festival in succession. In 1961, the National Sports Festival was made an official annual event under the Sports Promotion Law, and since then the festivals have been held jointly by the Japan Sports Association, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the hosting prefectures.

Nozomi Kariyasu, 31 Oct 2009


Description

The Festival logo and the flag was adopted at the 2nd National Sports Festival in 1947. The flag is white with the centered logo, a red torch flame ascending to the right at 30°, surrounded by a blue circle of width 1/10 of the diameter of the whole logo.

Nozomi Kariyasu, 31 Oct 2009


Prefectural Kokutai Flags

Most prefectures use their official prefectural flags, but some use a special flag for the festival or had used one before the official prefectural flag was adopted.

Nozomi Kariyasu, 31 Oct 2009


Tokyo Prefectural Kokutai Flag

[Tokyo Prefectural National Sports Festival Flag (Japan)]
image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 31 Oct 2009

Tokyo Prefecture: Dull-purple flag charged with its name horizontally in white.

Nozomi Kariyasu, 31 Oct 2009


Fukui Prefectural Kokutai Flag

[Fukui Prefectural National Sports Festival Flag (Japan)]
image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 31 Oct 2009

Fukui Prefecture: White flag charged with its name horizontally in red.

Nozomi Kariyasu, 31 Oct 2009


Kagawa Prefectural Kokutai Flag

[Kagawa Prefectural National Sports Festival Flag (Japan)]
image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 31 Oct 2009

Kagawa Prefecture: Olive green flag with a white border on three sides and its name in white horizontally.

Nozomi Kariyasu, 31 Oct 2009

Variant

[Kagawa Prefectural National Sports Festival Flag (Japan)]
image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 31 Oct 2009

Kagawa Prefecture has a variant: an olive green flag charged with the white stylized kanji 香川 ("Kagawa.")

Nozomi Kariyasu, 28 Oct 2009


Kanagawa Prefectural Kokutai Flag

[Kanagawa Prefectural National Sports Festival Flag (Japan)]
image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 31 Oct 2009

Kanagawa Prefecture uses a white flag charged with the red prefectural emblem in canton and its name in kanji 神奈川 ("KANAGAWA") in red horizontally.

Nozomi Kariyasu, 31 Oct 2009


Kyoto Prefectural Kokutai Flag

[Kyoto Prefectural National Sports Festival Flag (Japan)]
image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 31 Oct 2009

The sporting flag of Kyoto can be seen here, with a Latin inscription.

Valentin Poposki, 11 Nov 2005

Kyoto Prefecture uses three horizontal stripes of deep purplish red, cobalt blue and dark purplish blue charged with the word KYOTO in white horizontally in upper hoist. The three colors represent the enthusiasm of youth (purple) and the beautiful scenery of the mountains and rivers of Kyoto. (light blue, blue).

Nozomi Kariyasu, 16 Nov 2005 and 31 Oct 2009


Shizuoka Prefectural Kokutai Flag

[Shizuoka Prefectural National Sports Festival Flag (Japan)]
image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 31 Oct 2009

Shizuoka Prefecture uses an orange flag charged with a white Mt. Fuji in canton and its name in kanji 静岡県 ("Shizuoka Prefecture") in black horizontally.

Nozomi Kariyasu, 31 Oct 2009


Wakayama Prefectural Kokutai Flag

[Wakayama Prefectural National Sports Festival Flag (Japan)]
image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 31 Oct 2009

Wakayama Prefecture uses a blue flag charged with the katakana ワ ("WA") in red with thin white fimbriation, while the official prefectural flag is a white field with a blue emblem, the katakana ワ.

Nozomi Kariyasu, 31 Oct 2009

Former Flag

[Wakayama Prefectural National Sports Festival Flag (Japan)]
image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 01 Nov 2009

Wakayama Prefecture previously used an orange flag charged with green W with a red winged bird inside and the kanji 和歌山県 in black, arranged horizontally.

Nozomi Kariyasu, 01 Nov 2009


Okinawa Prefectural Kokutai Flag

[Okinawa Prefectural National Sports Festival Flag (Japan)]
image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 31 Oct 2009

Okinawa Prefecture: Turqoise flag charged with the white kanji 沖縄 ("Okinawa ") horizontally.

Nozomi Kariyasu, 28 and 31 Oct 2009


Nagasaki Prefectural Kokutai Flag

[Nagasaki Prefectural National Sports Festival Flag (Japan)]
image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 01 Nov 2009

Nagasaki Prefecture: Purplish/dark blue flag charged with a crane of red and white in the canton and the kanji 長崎県 in white horizontally along the bottom.

Nozomi Kariyasu, 01 Nov 2009


Niigata Prefectural Kokutai Flag

[Niigata Prefectural National Sports Festival Flag (Japan)]
image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 01 Nov 2009

Niigata Prefecture (新潟県国体旗): dark blue over red, divided by a thin white diagonal line. The dark plkue field is charged with a red S with thin white fimbriation, the red field with the kanji 新潟 in white along the bottom.

Nozomi Kariyasu, 01 Nov 2009


Ishikawa Prefectural Kokutai Flag

[Ishikawa Prefectural National Sports Festival Flag (Japan)]
image by Kazutaka Nishiura, 01 Nov 2009

Ishikawa Prefecture (石川県国体旗): three vertical stripes of red, white and blue with a white triangle both sides and the kanji 石川 in black vertically.

Nozomi Kariyasu, 01 Nov 2009