- Ibaraki Prefecture
Infobox Prefecture Japan
Name = Ibaraki
JapaneseName = 茨城県
Rōmaji = Ibaraki-ken
Symbol = Symbol of Ibaraki Prefecture.svg
Capital = Mito
Region = Kantō
TotalArea = 6,095.58
AreaRank = 23rd
PCWater = 4.8
October 1, 2000
Population = 2,985,424
PopRank = 11th
Density = 490
Districts = 7
Municipalities = 43
ISOCode = JP-08
Umetree ("Prunus mume")
Bird = Eurasian
Website = [http://www.pref.ibaraki.jp/en/menu.htm www.pref.ibaraki.jp/ en/menu.htm]
Masaru Hashimotonihongo|Ibaraki Prefecture|茨城県|Ibaraki-ken is a prefecture of Japanlocated in the Kantō regionon Honshū island. The capital is Mito.
Ibaraki Prefecture was previously known as
Hitachi Province. In 1871, the name of the province became Ibaraki.
Ibaraki Prefecture is the northeastern part of the Kantō region, stretching between
Tochigi Prefectureand the Pacific Oceanand bounded on the north and south by Fukushima Prefectureand Chiba Prefecture. It also has borders on the southwest with Gunma Prefectureand Saitama Prefecture. The northernmost part of the prefecture is mountainous, but most of the prefecture is a flat plain with many lakes.
Thirty-two cities are located in Ibaraki Prefecture:
Towns and villages
Towns and villages in each district:‡ Scheduled to be dissolved following mergers.
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.
Ibaraki's population is increasing modestly as the Greater
Tokyoregion spreads out.
Ibaraki is famous for the martial art of
Aikidowhich was 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 Shrineand dojohe created remain there to this day.
Kasama is also famous for its
Shintoand art culture, and pottery.
The capital Mito is home to
Kairakuen, one of a trinity of Japan's most celebrated gardens, and famed for its plum forest of over 3,000 plum trees of over 100 varieties.
Japan timesarticle on August 28, 2007 activist Debito Arudoucriticized the Ibaraki Prefectural Government over a poster, which, according to Arudou, scapegoated foreigners. The poster showed six Japanese police in riot gear pushing a lone foreigner to the ground. The poster carries writing telling Japanese to be on the lookout for foreigners violating their visa conditions; Arudou stated that it stigmatized foreigners in general. [ [http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20070828zg.html The blame game | The Japan Times Online ] ]
The sports teams listed below are based in Ibaraki.
Hitachi Sawa Rivale(Hitachinaka)
The prefecture is often mispronounced "Ibara"gi". However, the correct pronunciation is "Ibara"ki"." According to the author of "Not Ibara"gi", Ibara"ki" (いばらぎじゃなくていばらき "ibaragi ja nakute ibaraki") [http://www.excite.co.jp/News/bit/00091111474553.html] , this is most likely due to a mishearing of the softening of the 'k' sound in Ibaraki dialect. It is mispronounced to such a degree that it has nearly become standard.
* [http://www.pref.ibaraki.jp/bukyoku/seikan/kokuko/en/ Official Ibaraki Prefecture homepage]
* [http://www.pref.ibaraki.jp/bukyoku/seikan/kokuko/e-ibaraki-report/index.html The E-Ibaraki Report: articles and commentary of foreigners living in Ibaraki, produced by the International Affairs Division, Ibaraki Prefecture]
* [http://www.ibarakijapan.com Ibaraki Japan]
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