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Miyagi Prefecture

Miyagi Prefecture (宮城県; Miyagi-ken)
Capital Sendai
Region Tohoku
IslandHonshu
GovernorShiro Asano
Area7,285.16 km² (17th)
 - % water0.3%
Population (October 1, 2002)
 - Population 2,370,280 (15th)
 - Density 325 /km²
Districts12
Municipalities45
ISO 3166–2JP-04
Web sitewww.pref.miyagi.jp/
english/
Prefectural Symbols
 - FlowerMiyagi bush clover (Lespedeza thunbergii)
 - TreeJapanese zelkova (Zelkova serrata)
 - BirdWild goose

Symbol of Miyagi Prefecture

Miyagi Prefecture (宮城県; Miyagi-ken) is located in Tohoku region on Honshu island, Japan. The capital is Sendai.

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History

Miyagi Prefecture was formerly part of the province of Mutsu. Date Masamune built a castle at Sendai as his seat to rule Mutsu. In 1871, Sendai Prefecture was formed. It was renamed Miyagi prefecture the following year.

Geography

Miyagi Prefecture is located in the central part of Tohoku, facing the Pacific Ocean, and contains Tohoku's largest city, Sendai. There are high mountains on the west and along the northeast coast, but the central plain around Sendai is fairly large.

Matsushima is known as one of the three most scenic coasts of Japan, with a bay full of 260 small island covered in pine groves.

Cities


Towns and villages

These are the towns and villages in each district.

Mergers

Kami merger

On April 1, 2003, Kami town was formed from a merger between three towns in the Kami district; Miyazaki, Nakaniida, and Onoda.

Higashimatsushima merger

On April 1, 2005, Naruse town and Yamoto town from the Monou district merged and created the city of Higashimatsushima. This merger, combined with the simultaneous Ishinomaki expansion, dissolved Monou district.

Kurihara merger

On April 1, 2005, all towns and villages in the Kurihara district merged and created the city of Kurihara. One village and nine towns were involved in the merger. They were Ichihasama, Kannari, Kurikoma, Semine, Shiwahime, Takashimizu, Tsukidate, Wakayanagi, along with Hanayama village.

Tome merger

On April 1, 2005, all towns in the Tome district merged with Tsuyama town in the Motoyoshi district and created the city of Tome. Nine towns merged, which were Hasama, Ishikoshi, Minamikata, Nakada, Tome, Towa, Toyosato, Tsuyama, and Yoneyama

Ishinomaki expansion

On April 1, 2005, five towns from the Monou and Oshika town from the Oshika District merged into the city of Ishinomaki. This expansion, combined with the Higashimatsushima merger, dissolved Monou district. The five towns from Monou district were Kahoku, Kanan, Kitakami, Monou and Ogatsu.

Merger: Kesennuma City and Karakuwa Town (April 1 2006)

The Town of Karakuwa and the City of Kesennuma are to be merged to form the City of Kesennuma (Kesennuma-Shi).

News of the merge of Kesennuma and Karakuwa (in Japanese)

Economy

Although Miyagi has a good deal of fishing and agriculture, producing a great deal of rice and livestock, it is dominated by the manufacturing industries around Sendai, particularly electronics, appliances, and food processing.

Demographics

Culture

Tourism

Sendai was the castle town of the daimyo Date Masamune. The remains of Aoba Castle stand on a hill above the city.

Miyagi Prefecture boasts one of Japan's three greatest sights. Matsushima, the pine-clad islands, dot the waters off the coast of the prefecture.

Prefectural symbols

Miscellaneous topics

External links

  Miyagi Prefecture
Cities
Furukawa | Higashimatsushima | Ishinomaki | Iwanuma | Kakuda | Kesennuma | Kurihara | Natori | Sendai (capital) | Shiogama | Shiroishi | Tagajo | Tome
Districts
Igu | Kami | Katta | Kurokawa | Miyagi | Motoyoshi | Oshika | Shibata | Shida | Tamatsukuri | Toda | Watari
  See also: Towns and villages by district edit







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