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Yoro Town [Gifu prefecture Japan]

養老町

Last modified: 2014-05-31 by zoltán horváth
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image by Tomislav Šipek, 01 April 2014


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The flag of the town of Yoro is white with mark.
Source: http://hinataro.com/blog/?p=884
Tomislav Šipek, 01 April 2014

The town emblem was adopted on Apr 1st 1955 by Notice No 10 but there is no flag law. The white flag has a blue town emblem in the center. The town emblem is a stylized katakara ヨーロー Yoro in a form of a gourd bowl in which a devoted son put Japanese sake in a scred well.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 11 May 2014

What does this refer to? It sounds like the stories from the book of twenty-four devoted children, but it's not a story I recognise.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 30 May 2014

This refers to Yoro Koko densetsu = a folk story of a devoted son in Yoro.
The summary of the story is as follows:
Once upon a time there was a poor wood cutter in Gifu who looked after his eldery father very well. One day he entered into a forest to gather fire woods and he felt a smell of Japanese Sake from mossy rocks. He took a lick of the liquid. It tasted Sake ! He gladly put Sake in a gourd bowl to bring back home and gave his father a dash of Sake. His father became very happy because of really good quality sake and became younger with the sake. The story went the round to old capital Nara  In 717 the Emperor Gensho went to Gifu to taste the sake and realized to get younger. The Emperor said the God admired the son for his filial duty and then he decided to change a name of an era to Yoro a year of a rejuvenation.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 30 May 2014