Town Symbols

Town Flower:Shell Ginger(Samin)

● The flower of the shell ginger plant is called Samin-bana in the local 

    parlance (Getto in Japanese), and grows wild throughout the hills and

    fields of the town's islands.

● An evergreen herb which grows in clusters, it bears beautiful flowers 

    with yellow labella which make it a favorite ornamental plant among

    locals.

● Its aromatic leaves have been traditionally used to wrap  Samin-mochi,

    a sweet made of pounded rice, and its fibrous stalk is still used extensively

    today to make folk crafts.

Town Tree:Japanese Yew(Kyagi)

● The tree, which grows throughout the town, is used for its high-quality 

    lumber to construct house, make furniture, and craft various other

    tools and utensils.

● A tall, hardy evergreen, it can tolerate a remarkably wide range of soil

    conditions, and is thus relatively easy to cultivate.

● Due to its resistance to salt and wind damage, it is ideal in its employ

    as a decorative plant, lining streets throughout the town, as well as being

    common in parks and gardens. 

Town Bird:Ruddy Kingfisher(Gokkaro)

● With a majestic russet bill and feathers, the bird is notably fertile, so

    the population thrives throughout every island of the town.

● For ages, the bird's clarion call has signaled the arrival of agricultural

    seasons among farmers and is evocative of awakening for the

    townsfolk when it come at daybreak in early summer.

Town butterfly:Great Orange Tip(Tsumabenicho)

● Though this butterfly's environmental range extends as far north as

    Kagoshima (Okinawa's neighboring prefecture to the north), its

    population is at its largest in Taketomi and the butterflies

    themselves grow lager here than any other of the same species

    from other regions.

● The shocking juxtaposition of orange and white on its upper and lower

    wings (respectively)makes the butterfly easy to spot as it files above

    the lush green hills of the islands; its flight is symbolic of hope for the future.

Town Fish:Bluefin Jack(Gara)

 

● The fish's scintillating scales and flitting movement through the tides 

    have come to symbolize progress into the future for the town.

 

  

Town Shell:Spider Conch(Suijigai)

 

● Spider conch shells have long been used in Okinawa as talismans, hung

    under the eaves of houses, or used to hang household objects and

    clothes, such as coolie hats or traditional straw raincoats.  

● A dense, robust shell, it stands out among the sandy seafloor adjacent

    to the reefs where it is most often found.

● Its six long spikes bear a striking resembalance to the Chinese character: 水.

   The spikes' jutting out in six different directions is symbolic of the town's growth.

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