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 is a prefecture of Japanmarker located in the Kantō region on Honshūmarker island. The capital is Mito.


History

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

Geography

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

Cities

Thirty-two cities are located in Ibaraki Prefecture:


Towns and villages

Towns and villages in each district:
Ibarakimarker
Ōaraimarker
Shirosatomarker
Amimarker
Kawachimarker
Miho
Tonemarker
Daigomarker
Tōkaimarker
Gokamarker
Sakaimarker
Yachiyomarker


Mergers

Future mergers

Economy

Industries in the prefecture include nuclear and other energy, chemical, and precision machine. The Hitachi company was founded in the Ibaraki city of the same name.

Demographics

Ibaraki's population is increasing modestly as the Greater Tokyomarker 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, Kasamamarker, and Yūkimarker.

Kasamamarker is famous for Shinto and art culture and pottery.

The capital Mito is home to Kairakuenmarker, 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) [27092], this is most likely due to a mishearing of the softening of the 'k' sound in Ibaraki dialect.

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