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Ibaraki Prefecture
Japanese: 茨城県
Ibaraki-ken
Map of Japan with Ibaraki highlighted
Capital Mito
Region Kantō
Island Honshū
Governor Masaru Hashimoto
Area (rank) 6,095.58 km² (23rd)
 - % water 4.8%
Population  (October 1, 2000)
 - Population 2,985,424 (11th)
 - Density 490 /km²
Districts 7
Municipalities 43
ISO 3166-2 JP-08
Website www.pref.ibaraki.jp/bukyoku/seikan/kokuko/en
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Rose (Rosa)
 - Tree Ume tree (Prunus mume)
 - Bird Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis)
 - Fish {{{Fish}}}
Symbol of Ibaraki Prefecture
Symbol of Ibaraki Prefecture
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Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県 Ibaraki-ken ?) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region on Honshū island. The capital is Mito.

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History

Ibaraki Prefecture was previously known as Hitachi Province. In 1871, the name of the province became Ibaraki. The name is also occasionally pronounced "Ibaragi" by those outside of the prefecture.

Geography

Map of Ibaraki Prefecture.

Ibaraki Prefecture is the northeastern part of the Kantō region, stretching between Tochigi Prefecture and the Pacific Ocean and bounded on the north and south by Fukushima Prefecture and Chiba Prefecture. It also has borders on the southwest with Gunma Prefecture and Saitama Prefecture. The northernmost part of the prefecture is mountainous, but most of the prefecture is a flat plain with many lakes.

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Cities

Thirty-two cities are located in Ibaraki Prefecture:

Towns and villages

Towns and villages in each district:

Ibaraki
Ōarai
Shirosato
Ami
Kawachi
Miho
Tone
Daigo
Tōkai
Goka
Sakai
Yachiyo

Mergers

Future mergers

Economy

Ibaraki's industries include energy, particularly nuclear energy, production, as well as chemical and precision machining industries. The Hitachi company was founded in the Ibaraki city of the same name.

Demographics

Ibaraki's population is increasing modestly as the Greater Tokyo region spreads out.

Culture

Ibaraki is known for natto, or fermented soybeans, in Mito, watermelons in Kyōwa (recently merged into Chikusei), and chestnuts in the Nishiibaraki region.

Ibaraki is famous for the martial art of Aikido founded by Ueshiba Morihei, also known as Osensei. Ueshiba spent the latter part of his life in the town of Iwama, now part of Kasama, and the Aiki Shrine and dojo he created still remain.

There are castle ruins in many cities, including Mito, Kasama, and Yūki.

Kasama is famous for Shinto and art culture and pottery.

The capital Mito is home to Kairakuen, one of a trinity of Japan's most celebrated gardens, and famous for plum forest of over 3,000 plum trees of over 100 varieties.

Sports

The sports teams listed below are based in Ibaraki.

Football (soccer)

Volleyball

Tourism

Transportation and access

Railways

Prefectural symbols

Pronunciation

The prefecture is often mispronounced "Ibaragi". However, the correct pronunciation is "Ibaraki." According to the author of "Not Ibaragi, Ibaraki" (いばらぎじゃなくていばらき ibaragi ja nakute ibaraki) [1], this is most likely due to a mishearing of the softening of the 'k' sound in Ibaraki dialect.

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External links

Coordinates: 36°14′N 140°17′E / 36.233°N 140.283°E / 36.233; 140.283

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Simple English

Ibaraki Prefecture is part of Japan in the Kantō region. The capital city is Mito.


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