- Okayama Prefecture
Okayama Prefecture Japanese transcription(s) – Japanese 岡山県 – Rōmaji Okayama-ken
Symbol of Okayama Prefecture
Country Japan Region Chūgoku Island Honshū Capital Okayama (city) Government – Governor Masahiro Ishii Area – Total 7,112.32 km2 (2,746.1 sq mi) Area rank 15th Population (October 2005) – Total 1,957,056 – Rank 21st – Density 275/km2 (712.2/sq mi) ISO 3166 code JP-33 Districts 10 Municipalities 27 Flower Peach blossom (Prunus persica var. vulgaris) Tree Red pine (Pinus densiflora) Bird Lesser cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus) Website www.pref.okayama.jp/
Okayama Prefecture is home to the historic town of Kurashiki. Most of the population is concentrated around Kurashiki and Okayama. The small villages in the northern mountain region are ageing and declining in population - more than half of the prefectures municipalities are officially designated as depopulated.
Fifteen cities are located in Okayama Prefecture:
Towns and villages
Towns and villages in each district:
- Bizen-yaki (Bizen pottery)
- Bizen Osafune/Bitchu Aoe swords
The sports teams listed below are based in Okayama.
- Football (soccer)
Some tourist attractions are:
- The Koraku-en Japanese garden (後楽園 Kōraku-en ) located in Okayama City.
- Okayama Castle (岡山城 Okayama-jō) located in Okayama City.
- Shizutani School (閑谷学校 Shizutani Gakkō ), located in Bizen City.
- Bikan Historical Area (倉敷美観地区 Kurashiki Bikan Chiku ), located in Kurashiki City.
- Bitchu Matsuyama Castle, located in Takahashi City
- Kakuzan Park, located in Tsuyama City
- Bisei Astronomical Observatory (美星天文台 Bisei Tenmondai ), located in Ibara Town (following dissolution of Bisei Town).
Anime and manga
The anime and manga series Tenchi Muyo! take place in this part of Japan, and many characters are named after geographical features and landmarks of the area. In the anime and manga series "Nerima Daikon Brothers", the character Mako speaks with an Okayama accent.
- Shin Koyamada, Hollywood actor.
- Yuko Arimori, marathon runner.
- Tesshō Genda, voice actor.
- Ryutaro Hashimoto, Kiichiro Hiranuma, Inukai Tsuyoshi, Kan Naoto and Hatoyama Yukio former Prime Ministers of Japan.
- Sen'ichi Hoshino, baseball manager.
- Koshi Inaba, singer.
- Keizo Nakanishi, singer.
- Sesshu Toyo, suiboku master.
- Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, boxer.
- Haruka Fukushima, manga artist.
- Masashi Kishimoto, manga artist and creator of Naruto.
- Seishi Kishimoto, manga artist.
- Daisuke Takahashi, Olympic figure skater.
- Dorlis, jazz musician.
- Michio Maeda, Koi breeder.
- Miyamoto Musashi, arguably the nations most famous samurai
- Megumi Fujii, MMA Fighter.
- Masaki Kajishima, creator of Tenchi Muyo!.
- Morihiro Hashimoto, darts player.
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). Japan encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 10-ISBN 0-674-01753-6; 13-ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 58053128
- Official homepage
- Official tourism site
- Official account's channel on YouTube
- Personal blog to discover Okayama Prefecture (French)
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