Mie Prefecture

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Mie Prefecture
Japanese: 三重県
Map of Japan with Mie highlighted
Capital Tsu
Region Kansai
Island Honshu
Governor Eikei Suzuki (since April 2011)
Area (rank) 5,777.22 km² (25th)
 - % water 0.7%
Population  (April 1, 2010)
 - Population 1,855,177 (23rd)
 - Density 321 /km²
Districts 7
Municipalities 29
ISO 3166-2 JP-24
Website www.pref.mie.jp/
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Iris (Iris ensata)
 - Tree Japanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)
 - Bird Snowy plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
 - Fish Japanese spiny lobster ("Panulirus japonicus")
Symbol of Mie Prefecture
Symbol of Mie Prefecture
Flag of Mie Prefecture.svg

Mie Prefecture (三重県, Mie-ken) is a prefecture of in the Kansai region of Japan on the island of Honshu.[1] The capital city is Tsu.[2]

History[change | change source]

Mie prefecture was created by merging the area of Ise Province, Shima Province, Iga Province and Kii Province.[3]

In 1871, the area from the Kisosansen River in the north to the city of Tsu became Anōtsu Prefecture. The area south of Tsu became Watarai Prefecture. In 1876, Anōtsu Prefecture and Watarai Prefecture joined to become Mie Prefecture.[source?]

Mie has four dialects: Iga, Ise, Shima, and Kisyuu.

Geography[change | change source]

Mie Prefecture is on the eastern side of the Kii Peninsula. The prefectures that surround Mie are Aichi Prefecture, Gifu Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, and Wakayama Prefecture.

Cities[change | change source]

There are fourteen cities in Mie Prefecture:

National Parks[change | change source]

About 35% of the total land area of the prefecture is National Parks.[4]

Shrines and Temples[change | change source]

Aekuni jinja, Tsubaki jinja, and Izawa jinja are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture. [5]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Mie prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 628; "Kansai" at p. 477.
  2. Nussbaum, "Tsu" at p. 995.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," pp. 1-3 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-3-13.

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