Cedars, snow, pagoda.: it must be Mount Haguro. Source.
The flag of Yamagata Prefecture features a stylized view of The Three Mountains of Dewa: Haguro, Gassan and Yudono. Dewa was a medieval province that encompassed most of western Tohoku, and corresponds closely to the modern prefectures of Yamagata and Akita. The three mountains had become places of religious practice by the sixth century. But Haguro, Gassan and Yudono were not just holy places, they were themselves gods. The Montedio in Montedio Yamagata is a coinage made from Latin-ish words for "mountain god".
Montedio host Yokohama in J League Nabisco Cup action. This is the last game of the group stage. With a win and some lucky results elsewhere Montedio can advance to the cup quarter-finals. [Yokohama win 0 - 2.]
Turns out "The Strong Arms of Canada" was not John Byam Liston Shaw's only foray into Arthurian Canadian fantasy. This illustration, which you would think must be from the same book, personifies Canada as a knight being kitted out by four maidenly provinces whose gowns draw their design from the four provincial coats of arms quartering his shield. That's Ontario on the sword, Québec tying a shoelace, New Brunswick adjusting the shield, and most likely Nova Scotia lurking around the back hoping no one notices her fish dress.
The knight's shield is taken from this version of the Red Ensign, Canada's semi-official national flag from 1868 to 1922. (Byam Shaw died in 1919.) Despite the inclusion of new provinces beginning in 1870, the four-provinces shield remained the most common design, though variants combining the arms of all the current provinces could be seen. Byam Shaw's composition, if done in 1917, excludes Manitoba, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, and the Yukon and Northwest Territiories, all of whom can be imagined off to one side, wringing their hands, or beckoning toward reluctant Newfoundland.
If you know the name of this Byam Shaw illustration or the book that contains it, contact jamesism at Reddit,com. Douglas
[Hey look, the ship on New Brunswick's gown is flying the Red Ensign, causing an infinite regression!]
If the editors of Canadian Art magazine had been in charge of Canada in 1963 this would be our flag today. The magazine, in conjunction with Weekend Magazine/Perspectives, awarded designer Rolland Lavoie first prize (and $2000) in a replace-the-Red-Ensign competition, and featured his design on the cover of the September/October 1963 issue.
First impression: Ugh.
Second impression: It's similar to the flag adopted by Greenland in 1985, in a way, with a disc divided into halves. Except that the Greenlandic flag looks like something, a northern sunset, or an iceberg reflected in the sea. Then there's Japan, who could possibly claim copyright infringement. Really, it's like a design based on a second-hand report of the South Korean flag, drawn far away by someone unfamiliar with the concepts of yin and yang.
But yin and yang are at the heart of the contest. Many of the submissions attempt to reconcile the Two Solitudes in some visual manner. One even resorts to a Venn diagram. The intent of Rolland Lavoie is plainly to show the coming together of English (redcoat) and French (bluecoat) in a perfect circle of unity. A disc is an available heraldic device, though the sense you get here is that it's included because Platonic forms were in in the Sixties. How long would it have taken for us to start calling it the puck?
My problems with this flag: 1) circles are undynamic; 2) white is boring; 3) it makes deux nations our defining characteristic.
Now we're talking. But still too much white. Third and fourth prize winners:
Third prize is just plain weird but it anticipates Connect Four by a few years. The flag with the white maple leaves in the red canton on a blue field suffers from the same problem as the winner -- it looks too much like another country's flag. The entry with the line of ten stars is the most openly satirical and I'm surprised it even received acknowledgement let alone a $100 cheque. You could call it the Ten Future States flag. The entry with the blue and white halves seems to have inspired or been inspired by the Coast Guard flag.
The blue and gold design by Mrs. P. Derraugh Kloepfer of Fort Nelson is the most original entry. Her idea is to use the flag's motion to animate the northern lights, an under-utilized Canadian symbol. But it also looks like a barfed-on tablecloth. The red flag would do fine for a Japanese prefecture, or a pavilion at Expo '67.
Some honourable-mentions were published in black and white.
Some of these have a Canadian Army feel, and may have been copied directly from the sides of tanks, where they passed the basic flag test, to be so identifiable that your friends don't shoot at you. The final honourable-mention, by painter William Kurelek, is way too busy.
Could you image waving any of these flags at an international hockey game? For me, maybe Jacque Sneep's three maple leaves on a blue and red background, if they were gold instead of white. Douglas
They'd vote PQ. They voted for Royal the Socialist in the first round of the French presidential election the other day. And the other francophone islands of the Gulf of St-Lawrence, the Madeleines, went for the left-wing intellectual PQ (the next nearest thing) in the recent Quebec general election. So if ever you looked at a map and thought, as many Canadians have, Those islands should be part of Canada, you should bear in mind that they could be just the little ship to tow Quebec away.
Fans of Firefly, Joss Whedon's science fiction series set 500 years from now in a terraformed solar system ruled by a Chinese-American political alliance and a very large corporation called Blue Sun, will get a kick out of the map below. First, here's the flag of the Alliance, courtesy Flags of the World. It's based on one that appears on a crate of medical supplies in the "Train Job" episode.
Here's a piece of fanfic:
Wash: "Okay, smart guy, who was the greatest president of the 20th century?"
Jayne: "He discovered China?"
The series got cancelled before the writers did much with Blue Sun, but the set dressers had a lot of fun stencilling its logo on containers, t-shirts, etc. It had clearly cornered the market on the retail sector.
Wal-Mart is a very large corporation that has pretty much cornered the retail market in North America. If you went back to 1975 and tried to explain to people how huge it would become, and how it would pretty much wipe out every Mom and Pop retailer on the continent, they'd look at you like you were talking science fiction. Here's a map of Wal-Mart's supplier's, care of www.benjaminedwards.net via The Map Room.