Hōfu

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Hōfu
防府市
Hofu city seen from Hōfu Tenman-gū shrine.
Hofu city seen from Hōfu Tenman-gū shrine.
Flag of Hōfu
Location of Hōfu in Yamaguchi Prefecture
Location of Hōfu in Yamaguchi Prefecture
Hōfu is located in Japan
Hōfu
Hōfu
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°3′N 131°34′E / 34.050°N 131.567°E / 34.050; 131.567Coordinates: 34°3′N 131°34′E / 34.050°N 131.567°E / 34.050; 131.567
CountryJapan
RegionChūgoku (San'yō)
PrefectureYamaguchi Prefecture
Government
 • MayorMasato Matsuura
Area
 • Total188.59 km2 (72.82 sq mi)
Population
 (September 30, 2016)
 • Total117,387
 • Density622.44/km2 (1,612.1/sq mi)
Symbols
 • TreeSangoju (Viburnum odoratissimum var. awabuki)
 • FlowerScarlet Sage
 • Flowering treeUme
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City hall address7-1, Kotobukichō, Hōfu-shi, Yamaguchi-ken
747-8501
Websitewww.city.hofu.yamaguchi.jp

Hōfu (Japanese: 防府市) is a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

History[change | change source]

Hōfu (防府) means "the capital (国) of Suō Province (周国)". The eastern part of Yamaguchi Prefecture used to be called called Suō Province.

The city was founded on August 25, 1936.[1] The city's change over the past fifty years is shown in the animated movie Mai Mai Miracle, and the story takes place in the year 1955 (with flashbacks that go 1,000 years further back).[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "市の概要・市章(Japanese)".
  2. Stills from the film juxtaposed with modern photos Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine(in Japanese)