Morioka, Iwate

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Morioka
盛岡
Core city
盛岡市 · Morioka City

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Location of Morioka in Iwate prefecture
Morioka, Iwate is located in Japan
Morioka
 
Coordinates: 39°41′N 141°9′E / 39.683°N 141.15°E / 39.683; 141.15Coordinates: 39°41′N 141°9′E / 39.683°N 141.15°E / 39.683; 141.15
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Iwate prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Hiroaki Tanifuji
Area
 • Total 886.47 km2 (342.27 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 300,740
 • Density 588/km2 (1,520/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Katsura
- Flower Rabbitear iris
Phone number 019-651-4111
Address 12-2 Uchimaru, Morioka-shi
020-8530

Morioka (盛岡市 Morioka-shi?) is a city in the Tōhoku region of Japan on the island of Honshu. It is the capital city of Iwate Prefecture.[1]

It has been recognized as a core city since 2008.[2]

History[change | edit source]

In the 9th century, Sakanoue no Tamuramaro led forces which brought the region under imperial control.

In 1599, Morioka was founded as a castle town (jōka-machi).

In the Boshin War, Morioka was a pro-shogunate city.

During the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, Morioka was hit by a 6.1 earthquake.[3]

Culture[change | edit source]

The Iwate Museum of Art (IMA) is in Morioka. IMA's collection includes works works by notable local artists.[4]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Morioka" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 661; "Tōhoku" at p. 970.
  2. Jacobs, A.J. "Japan's Evolving Nested Municipal Hierarchy: The Race for Local Power in the 2000s," Urban Studies Research, Vol. 2011 (2011), p. 8 [PDF 8 of 14]; retrieved 2012-12-5.
  3. MarketWatch.com, "New 6.1 magnitude quake hits near Morioka, Japan," March 11, 2011; retrieved 2012-8-31.
  4. Iwate Museum of Art (IMA), "Message from the Director"; retrieved 2012-8-31.

Other websites[change | edit source]

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