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Encyclopedia > Yamagata Prefecture
Yamagata Prefecture (山形県; Yamagata-ken)
Map of Japan with Yamagata highlighted
Capital city Yamagata (city)
Region Tohoku
Island Honshu
Governor Hiroshi Saito
Area 9,323.34 km² (9th)
 - % water 0.02%
Population (October 1, 2004)
 - Population 1,223,000 (33rd)
 - Density 133 /km²
Districts 8
Municipalities 35
ISO 3166-2 JP-06
Web site www.pref.yamagata.jp/
index-e.html
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius)
 - Tree Cherry tree
 - Bird Mandarin duck (Aix galericulata)
Symbol of Yamagata Prefecture
Symbol of Yamagata Prefecture

Yamagata Prefecture (山形県; Yamagata-ken) is located in the Tohoku region on Honshu island, Japan. Its capital is Yamagata. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1397x1593, 79 KB) Summary Large size map of Japan with Yamagata highlighted, self made but originally based on a japanese mapbook. ... Yamagata (山形市; -shi, lit. ... The regions of Japan are not official administrative units, but have been traditionally used as the regional division of Japan in a number of contexts: for example, maps and geography textbooks divide Japan into the eight regions, weather reports usually give the weather by region, and many businesses and institutions... Tohoku region, Japan The Tōhoku region (東北地方; Tōhoku-chihō) is a geographical area of Japan. ... todo mal de [ [ Shikoku ] ] a través del [ [ mar interior ] ], y noreste de [ [ Kyushu ] ] a través del [ [ estrecho de Kanmon ] ]. Es la séptima isla más grande, y la segunda isla populosa en el mundo después de [ [ Java (isla)|Java ] ] (véase [ [ lista de las islas de la población ] ]). < style=float del div... Notes: 1 km² References National Governers Association (Japanese) See also Politics of Japan Prefectures of Japan List of Japanese prefectures by population ISO 3166-2 codes for Japan Categories: Japanese prefectures ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... This article is about the Japanese municipality system. ... ISO 3166-2 codes for Japan cover 47 prefectures. ... Binomial name Carthamus tinctorius L. Safflower is a highly branched, herbaceous, thistle-like annual, usually with many long sharp spines on the leaves. ... Species Several, including: Prunus apetala Prunus avium(Wild Cherry) Prunus campanulata Prunus canescens Prunus cerasus(Sour Cherry) Prunus concinna Prunus conradinae Prunus dielsiana Prunus emarginata(Bitter Cherry) Prunus fruticosa Prunus incisa Prunus litigiosa Prunus mahaleb(Saint Lucie Cherry) Prunus maximowiczii Prunus nipponica Prunus pensylvanica(Pin Cherry) Prunus pilosiuscula Prunus rufa... Subfamilies Dendrocygninae Oxyurinae Anatinae Merginae Duck is the common name for a number of species in the Anatidae family of birds. ... Yamagata prefectural symbol (source: ja. ... This article is about a region of Japan. ... todo mal de [ [ Shikoku ] ] a través del [ [ mar interior ] ], y noreste de [ [ Kyushu ] ] a través del [ [ estrecho de Kanmon ] ]. Es la séptima isla más grande, y la segunda isla populosa en el mundo después de [ [ Java (isla)|Java ] ] (véase [ [ lista de las islas de la población ] ]). < style=float del div... Yamagata (山形市; -shi, lit. ...

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History

Yamagata, with Akita Prefecture, composed Dewa Province until the Meiji Restoration. Samurai house in Kakunodate Tazawako (Lake Tazawa) Akita Prefecture (秋田県; Akita-ken) is located in the Tōhoku Region of northern Japan. ... Dewa (出羽国; -no kuni) is an old province of Japan, which today composes Yamagata prefecture and Akita prefecture, except for the city of Kazuno and the town of Kosaka. ... The Meiji Restoration (Japanese: 明治維新, Meiji-ishin), also known as the Meiji Ishin, Revolution or Renewal, was a chain of events that led to a change in Japans political and social structure. ...


Geography

Yamagata Prefecture is located in the southwest corner of Tohoku, facing the Sea of Japan. It borders Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture on the south, Miyagi Prefecture on the east, and Akita Prefecture on the north. All of these boundaries are marked by mountains, with most of the population residing in a limited central plain. The Sea of Japan (East Sea) is a marginal sea of the western Pacific Ocean. ... Niigata Prefecture (新潟県; Niigata-ken) is located on Honshu island, Japan. ... Fukushima Prefecture (福島県 Fukushima-ken) is located in the Tohoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Miyagi Prefecture (宮城県; Miyagi-ken) is located in the Tōhoku Region on Honshu island, Japan. ... Samurai house in Kakunodate Tazawako (Lake Tazawa) Akita Prefecture (秋田県; Akita-ken) is located in the Tōhoku Region of northern Japan. ...


Cities

Higashine (東根市; -shi) is a city located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Kaminoyama (上山市; -shi, lit. ... Murayama (村山市; -shi, lit. ... Nagai (長井市; -shi) is a city located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Nanyō (南陽市; -shi) is a city located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Obanazawa (尾花沢市; -shi) is a city located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Sagae (寒河江市; -shi) is a city located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Sakata (酒田市; -shi) is a city located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Shinjō (新庄市; -shi) is a city located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Tendō (天童市; -shi) is a city located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Tsuruoka (鶴岡市; -shi) is a city located in the Shonai region of Yamagata, Japan. ... Yamagata (山形市; -shi, lit. ... Yonezawa (米沢市; -shi) is a city located in Yamagata, Japan. ...

Towns and villages

These are the towns and villages in each district. The district (郡; gun) was most recently used as an administrative unit in Japan between 1878 and 1921 and is roughly equivalent to the county of the United States. ...

Akumi (飽海郡; -gun) is a district located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Yuza (遊佐町; -machi) is a town located in Akumi District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Higashimurayama (東村山郡; -gun) is a district located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Categories: Towns in Yamagata Prefecture | Japan geography stubs ... Yamanobe (山辺町; -machi) is a town located in Higashimurayama District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Higashiokitama (東置賜郡; -gun) is a district located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Kawanishi (川西町; -machi) is a town located in Higashiokitama District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Takahata (高畠町; -machi) is a town located in Higashiokitama District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Higashitagawa (東田川郡; -gun) is a district located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Mikawa (三川町; -machi) is a town located in Higashitagawa District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Shōnai (庄内町; -machi) is a town located in Higashitagawa District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Kitamurayama (北村山郡; -gun) is a district located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Ōishida (大石田町; -machi) is a town located in Kitamurayama District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Mogami (最上郡; -gun) is a district located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Funagata (舟形町; -machi) is a town located in Mogami District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Kaneyama (金山町; -machi) is a town located in Mogami District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Mamurogawa (真室川町; -machi) is a town located in Mogami District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Mogami (最上町; -machi) is a town located in Mogami District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Ōkura (大蔵村; -mura) is a village located in Mogami District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Sakegawa (鮭川村; -mura) is a village located in Mogami District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Tozawa (戸沢村; -mura) is a village located in Mogami District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Nishimurayama (西村山郡; -gun) is a district located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Asahi (朝日町; -machi) is a town located in Nishimurayama District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Kahoku (河北町; -chou) is a town located in Nishimurayama District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Nishikawa (西川町; -machi) is a town located in Nishimurayama District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Ōe (大江町; -machi) is a town located in Nishimurayama District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Nishiokitama (西置賜郡; -gun) is a district located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Iide (飯豊町; -machi) is a town located in Nishiokitama District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Oguni (小国町; -machi) is a town located in Nishiokitama District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Shirataka (白鷹町; -machi) is a town located in Nishiokitama District, Yamagata, Japan. ...

Mergers

The towns of Amarume and Tachikawa from Higashitagawa District merged to form the new town of Shonai. July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Amarume (余目町; -machi) was a town located in Higashitagawa District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Tachikawa (立川町; -machi) was a town located in Higashitagawa District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Higashitagawa (東田川郡; -gun) is a district located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Shōnai (庄内町; -machi) is a town located in Higashitagawa District, Yamagata, Japan. ...

The city of Tsuruoka, the towns of Fujishima, Haguro and Kushibiki and the village of Asahi (all from Higashitagawa District) and the town of Atsumi from Nishitagawa District merged into the city of Tsuruoka. Nishitagawa District was dissolved as a result. October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tsuruoka (鶴岡市; -shi) is a city located in the Shonai region of Yamagata, Japan. ... Fujishima (藤島町; -machi) is a town located in Higashitagawa District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Haguro (羽黒町; -machi) is a town located in Higashitagawa District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Kushibiki (櫛引町; -machi) is a town located in Higashitagawa District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Asahi is a village located in the Higashi-tagawa District, Japan. ... Higashitagawa (東田川郡; -gun) is a district located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Atsumi (温海町; -machi) is a town located in Nishitagawa District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Nishitagawa (西田川郡; -gun) is a district located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Tsuruoka (鶴岡市; -shi) is a city located in the Shonai region of Yamagata, Japan. ... Nishitagawa (西田川郡; -gun) is a district located in Yamagata, Japan. ...


The Merger Council of Southern Shonai (in Japanese)

The towns of Hirata, Matsuyama and Yawata from Akumi District merged into the city of Sakata. November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hirata (平田町; -machi) is a town located in Akumi District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Matsuyama (松山町; -machi) is a town located in Akumi District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Yawata (八幡町; -machi) is a town located in Akumi District, Yamagata, Japan. ... Akumi (飽海郡; -gun) is a district located in Yamagata, Japan. ... Sakata (酒田市; -shi) is a city located in Yamagata, Japan. ...


The Merger Council of Northern Shonai (in Japanese)


Economy

Agriculture - Fruit

Persimmons in October, Yamagata Prefecture.
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Persimmons in October, Yamagata Prefecture.

Yamagata Prefecture is the largest producer of cherries and pears in Japan. A large quantity of other kinds of fruits such as grapes, apples, peaches, melons, persimmons and watermelons are also produced here. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 501 KB) Summary Persimmons in Nakagawa, Nanyo City, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 501 KB) Summary Persimmons in Nakagawa, Nanyo City, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. ...


Demographics

As of October 2004, Yamagata Prefecture had a population of 1,223,000 [1]. This represented a 5.3% decrease on the previous year, giving Yamagata the equal-fourth highest depopulation rate in Japan [2]. This figure consists of a 2.2% natural decrease in the population, and a net 3.1% emigration to other prefectures, again one of the highest rates in Japan.


The prefecture also has one of the oldest populations in Japan. As of 2004, 12.8% of the population was aged between 65 and 74, and 12.1% was over 75 (the fourth and third highest in Japan, respectively) [3]. Over 40% of households in Yamagata contain one or more relatives aged 65 or over (one of the three highest in Japan) [4].


Culture

Yamagata Prefecture has a number of annual festivals and events.


The largest is the hanagasa matsuri (花笠祭り) which takes place in Yamagata City on the first weekend in August, when thousands of people perform the hanagasa dance in the city centre and attracts up to 300,000 spectators. Yamagata City is the home of the bi-annual Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in October. Yamagata (山形市; -shi, lit. ... The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival is a bi-annual film festival held in October in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. ...


In February, a snow lantern festival is held in Yonezawa at the Uesugi Shrine. Hundreds of candle-lit lanterns light pathways dug into the snow around the shrine. Yonezawa is also the site of the Uesugi Festival (上杉祭り, uesugi matsuri) in mid-spring. The festival's highlight is a re-enactment of the 'Battle of Kawanakajima' on the banks of the Matsukawa River. Yonezawa (米沢市; -shi) is a city located in Yamagata, Japan. ...


Yamagata Prefecture is also known for its local dialect Yamagata-ben, sometimes thought of as backward sounding and the butt of jokes in other parts of Japan. Yamagata-ben (山形弁) is the local dialect in spoken Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. ...


Transportation

Airports

  • Yamagata Airport(Tokyo,Osaka,Nagoya,Sapporo byJALGroup)
  • Shonai Airport(Tokyo,Osaka,Sapporo byANAGroup)

Japan Airlines (Japanese: 日本航空 Nihon Kōkū, or JAL) is the largest airline in Asia. ... ANA Boeing 747-481 All Nippon Airways (全日空 Zennikkū or 全日本空輸 Zen-nippon kūyu) (TYO: 9202) is an airline headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. ...

Railways(JR East)

Yamanote Line, Tokyo JR Yamanote Line train in Tokyo, Japan Above Yurakucho in Tokyo East Japan Railway Company (東日本旅客鉄道 Higashi-Nihon Ryokyaku Tetsudo or JR東日本; JR Higashi-Nihon) (TYO: 9020) is a Japanese private railroad company, the largest passenger railway company in the world and one of the seven JR companies. ... A 400-series shinkansen train enters Utsunomiya station with the Tsubasa 113 service bound for Shinjo. ... The Senzan Line (仙山線) is a rail line in Japan. ... The Uetsu Main Line (羽越本線 Uetsu Honsen) is a railway in the Tohoku region of the island of Honshu, Japan. ...

Tourism

Yamedera, Yamagata Prefecture.
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Yamedera, Yamagata Prefecture.

The temple of Yamadera, carved into the mountainside near Yamagata City, is a major attraction. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (960x1280, 488 KB) Summary Yamadera, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (960x1280, 488 KB) Summary Yamadera, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. ... Yamadera (山寺, lit. ... Yamagata (山形市; -shi, lit. ...


The Dewa Sanzan are three holy mountains that form a traditional pilgrimage for followers of the Shugendo branch of Shinto. The famous Gojudo (five-story pagoda) is on one of these mountains, Haguro-san. The Three Mountains of Dewa (出羽三山 Dewa Sanzan) are the three sacred mountains of Mt. ... Shugendo (修験道) is an old Japanese way of studying the relationship between Man and Nature. ...


Mount Zao is a famous winter ski resort, also known for its snow monsters (frozen snow covered trees) in the winter, and the Okama crater lake, also known as the Goshiki Numa (Five Color Swamp) because its colour changes according to the weather. Mount Zao a famous ski resort in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. ...


Media

News Paper

  • Yamagata Shimbun

TV & Radio

Yamagata Broadcasting Co. ... Nippon News Network (NNN) is a commercial television news network in Japan. ... Japan Radio Network or JRN is a commercial radio network in Japan. ... National Radio Network (NRN) (全国ラジオネットワーク) is a commercial radio network in Japan. ... All-Nippon News Network (ANN) is a commercial television news network in Japan. ... Japan News Network (JNN) is a commercial television news network in Japan. ... Full National Number (FNN) in telecommunications, is the complete phone number for a line including the area codes. ... Japan FM Network or JFN is a comercial radio network in Japan. ...

Prefectural symbols

Miscellaneous topics

External links

  • Official Yamagata Prefecture homepage
  • Climate in Yamagata City in English
  • Travel guide to Yamagata (prefecture) from Wikitravel
  Yamagata Prefecture Symbol of Yamagata Prefecture
Cities
Higashine | Kaminoyama | Murayama | Nagai | Nanyo | Obanazawa | Sagae | Sakata | Shinjo | Tendo | Tsuruoka | Yamagata (capital) | Yonezawa
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Yamagata Prefecture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (613 words)
Yamagata Prefecture is located in the southwest corner of Tohoku, facing the Sea of Japan.
It borders Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture on the south, Miyagi Prefecture on the east, and Akita Prefecture on the north.
Yamagata Prefecture is also known for its local dialect Yamagata-ben, sometimes thought of as backward sounding and the butt of jokes in other parts of Japan.
Yamagata - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (117 words)
Yamagata City, the capital city of Yamagata Prefecture
Yamagata, a village located in Higashichikuma District, Nagano, Japan.
Yamagata District, Hiroshima, a district in Hiroshima Prefecture
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