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Akita (秋田市, Akita-shi) is a Japanese city in Akita Prefecture on the island of Honshu. It is the capital city of the prefecture.
History[change | change source]
Akita has been one of the most important cities in the Tōhoku region since ancient times.
The Akita clan (Ando clan) held this part of northern Japan (Mutsu Province) in the 15-16th centuries.
The Satake clan built Kubota Castle in 1604.
The modern city of Akita was established on April 1, 1889.
Geography[change | change source]
Akita is the largest city on the western coast of the Tōhoku region.
Neighboring cities[change | change source]
- Minami-Akita District: Gojōme, Ikawa
- Kita-Akita District: Kamikoani
- Senboku District: Nishiki
Education[change | change source]
- Akita University
- Akita Prefectural University, a public university, is in the city.
- Akita International University is a public university outside of town. Classes are taught only in English.
- North Asia University
- Seirei Women's Junior College
- Akita Nutrition Junior College
- Misono Gakuen Junior College
- Open University of Japan Akita learning center
Local foods and products[change | change source]
- Kiritampo – baked rice
- Sasamaki – rice wrapped in bamboo grass
- Iwagaki – a kind of oyster
- Iburi-gakko – a kind of pickle
Sister / friendship cities[change | change source]
International sister / friendship cities[change | change source]
- August 5, 1982: Lanzhou, People's Republic of China
- April 8, 1984: Passau, Germany
- July 15, 1987: Malabon City, Philippines
- January 22, 1992: Kenai, Alaska, United States of America
- 1993: St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States of America (with Yūwa, Akita, which merged into Akita, Akita)
- June 29, 1992: Vladivostok, Russia
Sister cities in Japan[change | change source]
- Hitachiōta, Ibaraki
- Daigo, Ibaraki
Famous people[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- ↑ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005).  Japan Encyclopedia, p. 20.
- ↑ Papinot, Edmund. (2003). Nobiliare du Japon – Ashina, pp. 7; Papinot, Jacques Edmond Joseph. (1906). Dictionnaire d’histoire et de géographie du Japon. (in French/German).
- ↑ Elsey, Teresa. (2004). Let's Go Japan, p. 312; Appert, Georges. (1888). Ancien Japon. p. 77.
- ↑ Akita City, "History" Archived 2018-05-24 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-9-30.
- ↑ Elsey, at p. 310.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Akita, Akita at Wikimedia Commons
- http://www.city.akita.akita.jp/en/default.htm Archived 2006-02-07 at the Wayback Machine; (in Japanese)
- Voting Figures in National Elections in Akita Prefecture, 1928-1942