Toba, Mie


Toba, Mie

nihongo|Toba|鳥羽市|Toba-shi is a city located in Mie, Japan. Toba is best known as the hometown of Kokichi Mikimoto, who developed a method to cultivate pearls, and Tokuhichi Mishima, who invented MKM steel.

Toba is the site of the world-class [http://www.aquarium.co.jp/ Toba Aquarium] , which houses such animals as dugongs, African manatees, porpoises, and a wide-variety of aquatic life.

As of 2003, the city has an estimated population of 24,301 and the density of 225.26 persons per km². The total area is 107.88 km².

The city was founded on November 1, 1954.

Toba is a sister city of Santa Barbara, California.

Toba city also administers the following islands located in the Ise Bay:
*Kamishima
*Kozukumijima
*Ozukumijima
*Sugashima
*Toushijima
*Sakatejima
*Mitsujima
*Irukajima

External links

* [http://www.city.toba.mie.jp/ Toba official website] in Japanese
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* [http://www.seekjapan.jp/article-1/917/A+Day+Tripper's+Guide+to+Ise+and+Toba A Day Tripper's Guide to Ise and Toba] "Japanzine" By Zack Davisson


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