The university crest is a stylized representation of a new life and a Phoenix leaf. Some minor adjustments were made to a design by one of the students of the Faculty of Engineering which was chosen in a university-wide design contest, and it was finalized in 1956. The phoenix is a sacred bird in Egyptian mythology that, after living for 500 years, set itself on fire within its nest and rose renewed from the ashes. The immortal bird is a symbol of Hiroshima University, which was reborn out of the ashes of Hiroshima City after it was laid to ruin by the atomic bomb.
Hiroshima University Song
The university song was established in 1957. The lyrics are based on the submission of Mr. Sumito Yamanaka, a student of the Faculty of Letters which was chosen in a university-wide contest. The music was composed by the Music Department at the Fukuyama Campus of the Faculty of Education where Mr. Shinichi Takata, a former conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, was a professor.
The lyrics are simple and elegant, with the first verse beginning with the words, "There is light," the second with, "There is flow," and the third with, "There is green." The last words of each verse are, "Our hope is to seek truth," "We gather to strive for the good of the world," and "Our wish is to pursue beauty," respectively. These words express the unwavering desire to pursue truth, goodness, and beauty.
Hiroshima University Flag
The university flag is green, representing rebirth from the ruins left by the atomic bomb, and has the school logo in the center. It was adopted in 1960.
Phoenix Mark and Mascot ”ひろティー ® " (Hiroty)
In 2020, the phoenix mark (above) and the mascot ”ひろティー" (Hiroty) (below) have been made to create a sense of unity between members of the university, and to spread the information and charms of Hiroshima University. These designs have been chosen by the students and faculty through the use of internet vote, and the name of the mascot was chosen via on-campus appeal.
The Phoenix tree which is the symbol of Hiroshima University is the motif for the design of the logo. The leaves of the phoenix which have overcome many difficulties have grown large, becoming the long-lived bird "Phoenix" which sturdily flies into the wide world. The mascot "Hiroty" has been designed to familiarize the phoenix mark. For more information, click on the link.