Using the words“ water” and“ verdure” as inspiration, two things from which all life springs, a logo was designed with a motif that incorporates the treasured environs of the new Hamamatsu City: from the lush forests of the north, to Lake Hamana and the beautiful Enshu Sea. The symmetrical pattern of green and blue represents the cycles of nature, as well as our new city's theme of becoming "a cluster city in tune with nature." The "white wave" stands for the waves of the Enshu Sea. At the same time, they are also the "waves" Hamamatsu is creating throughout the world with its vision of "a city whose citizens' lively economic, cultural and social activities coexist with the local preservation of the environment." Furthermore, they reflect the energy and growth of Hamamatsu itself.
*Logo established July 1, 2005
City Flower: Mikan (mandarin orange blossom)
This elegant, snow-white flower is in full bloom in early summer, filling the air with its refreshingly sweet fragrance. Taking advantage of Hamamatsu's warm natural climate, our mikans are well known throughout Japan.
City Tree: Matsu (Japanese pine)
Black pine grows along the coastal region of Hamamatsu and red pine is plentiful in the inland areas; matsu the Japanese word for pine is even part of the Hamamatsu city name. Within the city, there are even trees of historical interest; the legends surrounding them have been passed down from generation to generation.
City Bird: Uguisu (Bush Warbler)
These birds breed during the summer in the mountains; in the winter, they can be seen in parks and neighborhood gardens in the plains. Bush warblers are well-loved as harbingers of spring, and their beautiful song that calms the soul is a fitting symbol for the musical city of Hamamatsu.
* The city flower, tree, and bird were established on November 28, 2006.
July 1 , 1911
The original budget for the 2016 fiscal year included a total budget of 585.8 billion yen and general accounting budget of 295.2 billion yen.
Hamamatsu's total annual sales in 2012 were approximately 2.4 trillion yen. The central commercial district has been improved and expanded by adding colored paving, re-planting trees and improving street lighting, as well as by carrying out many events in which residents can participate. The suburbs abound with unique shops and places for entertainment making Hamamatsu an ideal place to live.
Hamamatsu has long been an industrial city and the value of manufactured goods shipments in 2014 was approximately 2 trillion yen. Transportation equipment, the representative industry of the city, accounted for approximately 50 percent of this amount. The transportation industry of Hamamatsu originated in motorbikes, but now includes automobiles and motorboats. The musical instrument industry based on world famous pianos, etc. has also developed in the city. The city's technologically advanced textile industry is well known for its Enshu brand cotton fabrics. Products manufactured in Hamamatsu are held in high esteem and loved not only within Japan, but throughout the world. In recent years, Hamamatsu has achieved rapid progress in the area of cutting edge industries. In particular, medical equipment produced in Hamamatsu that uses optic technology is now being utilized in advanced medical treatments.
Local agriculture thrives thanks to the warm climate and abundant water, as well as the city's ideal location between the two major consumer areas of Tokyo and Osaka. In 2006, Hamamatsu ranked among the top agricultural producers in Japan with an agricultural output of 54 billion yen. Horticultural production in greenhouses and hothouses thrives thanks to the ideal conditions. Hamamatsu's agricultural products are highly regarded throughout the country. Celery, bokchoy and gerbela produced in Hamamatsu are considered some of the best in Japan, and tea grown in the surrounding mountains is renowned nationwide.
Hamamatsu is the fishery base of Western Shizuoka Prefecture. Maisaka port boasts one of the largest catches of whitebait in the country and production of clams and prawns in Lake Hamana, famous nationwide for eel cultivation, has been progressing rapidly. More recently, this area has gained a reputation for high quality natural blowfish (torafugu) from the Enshu coast, as well as sweetfish (ayu) and red-spotted masu salmon (amago) from the Tenryu River.
Approximately 68 percent, or 1 02,000 hectares, of Hamamatsu is covered with forests. The forests of the Tenryu region have long flourished as one of the major sources of high quality lumber in the country. However, in recent years a drop in the price of lumber has resulted in a shrinkage of the number of forestry workers. This provided a chance to reexamine forests from the perspectives of the environment and‘ local production for local consumption'. This in turn led to a reexamination of the significance of forests for water preservation, disaster prevention, and overall support of our lives. It is now clear that our forests must be protected.