Itoman's City Flower - Madagascan Periwinkle

Madagascan Periwinkle

The Madagascan Periwinkle is very easy to grow. When massed together its evergreen glossy leaves and purple, pink and white flowers are a beautiful sight. The Japanese name nichi-nichi-sou, literally means day-day-grass. This flower's name comes from its ability to bloom day-after-day all year round, even under the blazing sun.

The Madagascan Periwinkle is also known as Vinca rosea. Vinca is a Latin word meaning to bind or connect. It was chosen as the City's flower because its name symbolizes the binding or connecting of citizens.

Itoman City's Flowering Tree - Bougainvillea


The Bougainvillea blooms so many bright flowers that it is difficult to see its leaves. It is a small vine-like tree suitable to be used as hedges, or to create bonsai trees. When in full-bloom the flowers harmonize beautifully with Okinawa's blue ocean. Itoman chose the Bougainvillea as the City's flowering tree because it aims to be an environmentally friendly city full of flowers and green leaves.

Itoman's City Tree - Banyan Tree

Banyan Tree

The Banyan tree is known as Gajimaru in Okinawan. It is a strong evergreen tree able to withstand any kind of wind and rain due to having many roots firmly planted in the ground. Despite being a robust tree the Banyan Tree maintains a look of grace and simplicity. The Banyan was chosen as the City's tree because, like the Banyan Tree, Itoman's people have strong roots - that is links with their history and ancestors - and they firmly believe there is prospect for growth and development.

Itoman's City Fish - Spangled Emperor

Spangled Emperor

The Spangled Emperor fish is a popular fish for eating with an appearance and flavor similar to sea bream. Blue stripes are visible on its scales and external gill cover after capture. The Spangled Emperor fish lives in sandy areas where there are reefs and rocks. It is often found off the Kyan coast at two fishing spots locals call Nakansuni and Ukinsuni. It was chosen as the City's fish because it is a favorite with Itoman's fishermen as it can be caught year-round.

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