Tsu, Mie

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津市 · Tsu
Location of Tsu in Mie
Location of Tsu in Mie
Tsu is located in Japan
Coordinates: 34°43′N 136°30′E / 34.717°N 136.5°E / 34.717; 136.5Coordinates: 34°43′N 136°30′E / 34.717°N 136.5°E / 34.717; 136.5
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Mie
 • Mayor Yasuyuki Maeba (since May 2011)
 • Total 710.81 km2 (274.45 sq mi)
Population (July 1, 2011)
 • Total 284,969
 • Density 401/km2 (1,040/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Azalea
- Flower Azalea
Address 23-1 Nishi-Marunouchi, Tsu-shi, Mie-ken
Website City of Tsu

Tsu (津市 Tsu-shi?) is a city in the Kansai region of Japan on the island of Honshu. It is the capital city of Mie Prefecture.[1]

History[change | change source]

Tsu originally developed as a castle town.[2]

Tsu is known for its Tōjin Festival (唐人踊り Tōjin Odori?), which is an annual community gathering which honors the arrival of the ambassadors from Korea (Joseon Tongsinsa) during the Edo period.[3] There are two other cities that celebrate Tōjin Odori: Suzuka city in Mie Prefecture and Ushimado-chō in Okayama Prefecture.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Tsu" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 995; "Kansai" at p. 477.
  2. Turnbull, Stephen R. (2012). Samurai Women 1184-1877, p. 80.
  3. Museum of Toujin Dance; retrieved 2012-8-30.
  4. 唐人踊り (Tōjin Odori); retrieved 2012-8-30.

Other websites[change | change source]

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