Iwate Prefecture

Iwate Prefecture

Infobox Prefecture Japan
Name = Iwate
JapaneseName = 岩手県
Rōmaji = Iwate-ken
Symbol = PrefSymbol-Iwate.png Capital = Morioka
Region = Tohoku
Island = Honshū
TotalArea = 15,278.40
AreaRank = 2nd
PCWater = 0.1
PopDate = November 1, 2006
Population = 1,374,530
PopRank = 30th
Density = 90
Districts = 11
Municipalities = 36
ISOCode = JP-03
Flower = Paulownia tree ("Paulownia tomentosa")
Tree = Nanbu red pine ("Pinus densiflora")
Bird = Green pheasant ("Phasianus colchicus")

Website = [http://www.pref.iwate.jp/english/ www.pref.iwate.jp/english/]
Governor = Takuya Tasso
nihongo|Iwate Prefecture|岩手県|Iwate-ken is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on Honshū island. The capital is Morioka.


Iwate was historically part of Mutsu Province. It was brought into the empire around 800. In the Jōmon period it was an area abundant in fishing and hunting. There were also Emishi settlements in the Kitakami Basin until the end of the eighth century when the Nara authorities penetrated deeply into Iwate, with Fort Shiwa, to the north of present day Morioka, constructed in 803.

Iwate was struck by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on June 14, 2008.


Iwate faces the Pacific Ocean to the east, and borders Aomori Prefecture on the north, Akita Prefecture on the west, and Miyagi Prefecture on the south. The prefecture has mountains in the west, north and east, with the valley of the Kitakami River running from north to south through the center of the province and including the capital. The coast is very rugged, with little in between the mountains and the sea.


Thirteen cities are located in Iwate Prefecture:


* [http://ja.wikipedia.org Japanese Wikipedia]
* Yiengpruksawan, M.H. "Hiraizumi: Buddhist Art and Regional Politics in Twelfth Century Japan", Harvard University Asia Center, Cambridge MA, 1998

External links

* [http://www.pref.iwate.jp/~hp0312/seikatsu-sodan/ Official Iwate Prefecture homepage]

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