These logos were designed using the four elements: land, air, water and fire, Kobe city and the Hyõgo Prefecture. I chose to use fire as opposed to the sun because fire represents many natural resources of the earth. For example: natural heated springs, volcanic reactions etc, as well as the sun. The environment and how we treat it and its resources has a direct effect on these elements and there reactions. These images make a bold statement with or without text.
The logo variation using the Kobe city map, the Hyõgo Prefecture (Kobe city being the capital of the Hyõgo Prefecture) and the four elements, as well as the 3R theme shows that each one is not mutually exclusive. As each one is dependent on the other incorporation and merging of each image was created to convey and express the representation of the 3R and the environment. I chose to use the tree without leaves because without the leaves the tree can be interpreted in different ways… decayed or alive, strong or weak, etc. With leaves it was obvious. This image made a direct and indirect reference to the location of the G8 meeting and the environment and can make a bold statement with or without text. See sample layout of the Furoshiki. Also, these images can be printed on just about any color background.