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Typographic town logos in hiragana/katakana

Typographic town logos in hiragana/katakana
[Typographic logo for Kamagaya (Chiba) spells town name in katakana] Japanese town logos -- official symbols designed to communicate the identity of each municipality -- come in a vast array of shapes and colors. Many of these municipal symbols incorporate typographical elements (particularly kanji, hiragana, katakana, and Roman letters) into their designs. In most cases, the stylized characters are straightforward and easy to spot (even if you don't read Japanese), but sometimes you have to bend your eyes to see them. The more complex logos encode the name of the town into a puzzle-like symbol that begs to be deciphered. Here are a few typographic town logos that make clever use of hiragana and katakana characters. [Abiko, Chiba] A: Abiko's logo uses a stylized katakana ア (a) that symbolizes Lake Tega. [Itabashi, Tokyo] [Urakawa, Hokkaido] [Ebino, Miyazaki] E: Ebino's hiragana え (e) is in the shape of Mt. [Owase, Mie] [Kanoya, Kagoshima] [Kikai, Kagoshima] [Kumamoto, Kumamoto] [Komaki, Aichi]

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