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盛岡市 · Morioka City
Flag of Morioka
Official seal of Morioka
Location of Morioka in Iwate prefecture
Location of Morioka in Iwate prefecture
Morioka is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 39°42′7.5″N 141°09′16.2″E / 39.702083°N 141.154500°E / 39.702083; 141.154500Coordinates: 39°42′7.5″N 141°09′16.2″E / 39.702083°N 141.154500°E / 39.702083; 141.154500
PrefectureIwate prefecture
 • MayorHiroaki Tanifuji
 • Total886.47 km2 (342.27 sq mi)
 • Total300,740
 • Density588/km2 (1,520/sq mi)
 • TreeKatsura
 • FlowerRabbitear iris
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City hall address12-2 Uchimaru, Morioka-shi

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 | change 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 | change source]

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

References[change | change 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., "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" Archived 2012-06-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-8-31.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Morioka, Iwate at Wikimedia Commons