City of Mutsu Emblem & City Tree, Bird and Flower

The city emblem was established in November 1960.Based on the two phonetic script characters that form “Mutsu,”the design stands as a symbol of ,harmony,and progress.

“Hiba” Japanese Cypress

The Japanese Hiba,similar to the Japanese cedar,is a typical variety of conifer found in the Shimokita region and been recognized by the Japanese people for its beauty.The Japanese Hiba contains “Hinoki sap,” an unusual, fragrant compound which has been shown to have the qualities of both a preservative and disinfectant. Long overshadowed by its closee relative,the Japanese cypress or Hinoki, the Japanese Hiba has earned nickname “Asunaro.” The nickname is a derivative of “Ashita ni yoku narou”(Tomorrow I’ll become a better tree!)—the hiba’s wish to become a hinoki, which despite the two trees’ similarities, is the more famous and sought-after variety. The many historic buildings that have been built with hiba from Aomori forests continue, even today, to transmit hundreds of years of Japanese culture anad history.

“Ohakuchou” Whooper swan

Every year Mutssu’s Ashizaki Bay plays host to some very special guests from Siberia: the magnificent whooper swans. These large,brilliantly white swans are without doubt, a most fitting symbol for Mutsu as well as Aomori Prefecture. In addition, the elegant, white form of swans is surely without rival as of symbol of peace everywhere.

“Hamanasu” Rugosa Rose

This lovely rose can be found blooming on sandy beaches all along Mutsu Bay. Quite different from the cultivated beauty of a garden flower, the charm of this rose lies in its wildness. In spite of the harsh Shimokita climate, the rugosa rose continues to bloom year after year.