Logos of UTokyo Faculties, Graduate Schools and Institutes, in the order of their creation
Logos of UTokyo Faculties, Graduate Schools and Institutes
Tracing the history of organizations through their logos
In the order of their creation
In the spirit of the special feature of this edition of Tansei, we present UTokyo organization logos here in chronological order (please keep in mind that some organizations do not have logos). The thoughts put into expressing the characteristics of each organization as well as the trends at the time can be seen through the various designs. As a bonus, the UTokyo mascots who devote their days to PR activities are featured, too.
“Ginkgo Badge” Logo
Professor Shoichi Hoshino from the Second Faculty of Engineering designed the original ginkgo logo, which was selected from 79 designs that were put forward.
Graduate School of Medicine / Faculty of Medicine
This logo was created in celebration of their 100th anniversary. Designed by Professor Tomio Ogata, it features a design of the Akamon Gate, which used to be the Graduate School/Faculty of Medicine’s gate.
The Institute for Solid State Physics
This logo features the acronym ISSP in the center, with five ginkgo leaves surrounding it. This design was selected from public submissions for the 25th anniversary of the Institute.
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences / Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The ginkgo leaves have been arranged to create the Greek letter Φ (phi), which signifies pharmaceutical sciences, with the stem of the leaves forming the infinity symbol ∞. The logo thereby expresses that “the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences will last forever.”
Institute of Medical Science
This logo celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Institute. The double helix structure of DNA is shaped in a circle, representing either a cell or a virion (virus particle).
Earthquake Research Institute
The inner structure of the Earth is presented like a sliced-open apple. This was designed by Jun Kawahara who was a graduate student at the time.
Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
With the reorganization of the Institute of Applied Microbiology, they invited people to submit logo designs, and this particular one was selected by faculty and staff. (The Institute became the Institute for Quantitative Biosciences in April 2018.)
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences / College of Arts and Sciences
The logo features three ginkgo leaves fused together, representing the Junior Division, the Senior Division, and the Graduate School. It was designed by ZEN Corporation’s Shizuo Ishizuka.
Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies/Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies (III/GSII)
The logo is composed of three “i”s. The superscript dots on the “i” are shifted to the right, signifying the interdisciplinary ties of academic fields.
Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia
The logo is inspired by the oracle bone script for “east” (東). The blue and yellow arcs signify the Asian and non-Asian regions, and the intersection of the red and green lines represents the Institute.
This logo was created upon the incorporation of the University. Its design is based on the original ginkgo badge; the yellow leaf on top is the autumnal ginkgo color, and the bottom leaf is the school color.
Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
This logo features their acronym IST combined with a ginkgo leaf, the UTokyo symbol.
Graduate School of Public Policy
With the intent of international outreach, they decided upon the acronym “GraSPP” and turned it into this logo. Faculty members chose the logo from a selection put forward by a design company.
Institute for Cosmic Ray Research
This logo, designed by Kenichi Tsuchiya, was selected from submissions by Institute members. The design is inspired by a scientific phenomena such as supernovas, gravitational waves and Cherenkov radiation.
Graduate School of Mathematical Sciences
A ginkgo leaf is formed with geodesic lines, and the shape extending upwards symbolizes the spreading of research. This was designed by Professor Toshitake Kohno.
Graduate School of Engineering / Faculty of Engineering
Three circles are playfully connected to form a “T” for Technology. The two different colors represent the Faculty and the Graduate School.
Graduate School of Science / Faculty of Science
The blue part of the logo is in the shape of the hiragana “り” (ri) for rigakubu (Faculty of Science), and the yellow is the “S” for Science. The high degree of symmetry displayed in this logo hints at the intrinsic qualities of the Faculty of Science.
Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology / Faculty of Letters
This logo was created to coincide with their website redesign. Embedded in these characters is the message that the Faculty of Letters is a place to immerse oneself in thought about humankind.
Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute
This logo is inspired by Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa, portraying the Institute’s willingness to take on the challenge of solving the mysteries of nature. It was designed by Yukiko Imada.
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences / Faculty of Agriculture
The letter “A” for Agriculture is formed using ginkgo leaves, and the logo also features the double helix structure of DNA. Shoko Takahashi’s design was selected from public submissions.
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
This logo depicts both the fresh and autumnal leaves of an oak (kashiwa) tree. The spreading branches suggest growth potential into new fields as well as networks with other disciplines.
Institute of Social Science
The four blades represent law, politics, economics and sociology, forming a “ninja star of knowledge” through which we can see the world.
Institute of Industrial Science
It features an updated ginkgo badge, as the Institute was previously the Second School of Engineering. The original design was further refined in 2016.
Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology
They revamped the logo for their 30th anniversary. The motif is the Building 13 clock tower. It was designed by Hideo Kanbara, a visiting researcher.
An album of in-house mascots (in the order of creation)
This crow that came from outer space is the mascot for the academic system UTask-Web.
This character is the building of Komaba Library. It likes students who enjoy reading.
The gingko leaf character of Gakunai Koho (internal university magazine). Originally used as page filler.
The Harassment Counseling Center’s resident cat.
UTokyo reagent website’s twin cats (their names are Tokio and Unio).
This frog is Komaba Festival’s mascot, who resides in the Komaba Pond.
U-Tan, Gustoff, Akamon-jii
These mascots were selected from public submissions for the 130th anniversary of UTokyo.
Created for the Seven Universities Athletic Meet, this is the official mascot of the Athletic Foundation. His name comes from the First Higher School (abbreviated Ichiko).
This cat features in the compilation Tōdai Eitan (The University of Tokyo Handbook of Academic Vocabulary) published by the Department of English Language, College of Arts and Sciences.
He was created for the 10th anniversary of III/GSII. He lives in the tropical rainforest of information and knowledge.
This duck promoted the “Action Scenario” put forth by former President Junichi Hamada.
This is the 10th year anniversary character for the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology.
This sheep, who likes paper and ginkgo nuts, is the official mascot for the May Festival.
This kappa, who resides in the Gorokuro Pond, is the mascot for Kashiwa Open Campus.
This dog, shaped like a kashiwamochi, is in charge of PR at the Institute for Solid State Physics.
Maillet is the PR ambassador for the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute and Tohoku Ecosystem-Associated Marine Sciences.
As the Disability Services Office’s mascot, he teaches us about the importance of communication.
Helium-kun and Chisso-chan
They raise awareness for cryogen supply operations and accident prevention at the Cryogenic Research Center.
University Library for Agricultural and Life Sciences’ character.
Mascot for the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education’s UTokyo TV.
Mascot for the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education’s UTokyo Navi.
*The years do not indicate when these organizations were established.
**The logos are presented here without the accompanying text.
Note: This article was originally printed in Tansei 36 (Japanese language only). All information in this article is as of March 2018.