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|• Governor||Kazuhiko Ōigawa|
|• Total||6,095.58 km2 (2,353.52 sq mi)|
|Population (February 1, 2017)|
|• Density||476.40/km2 (1,233.9/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||JP-08|
|Tree||Ume tree (Prunus mume)|
|Bird||Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis)|
Ibaraki Prefecture was previously known as Hitachi Province. In 1871, the name of the province became Ibaraki.
Ibaraki Prefecture is the northeastern part of the Kantō region, stretching between Tochigi Prefecture and the Pacific Ocean and bounded on the north and south by Fukushima Prefecture and Chiba Prefecture. It also has a border on the southwest with Saitama Prefecture. The northernmost part of the prefecture is mountainous, but most of the prefecture is a flat plain with many lakes.
Thirty-two (32) cities are located in Ibaraki Prefecture:
These are the towns and villages in each district:
Ibaraki's industries include energy production, particularly nuclear energy, as well as chemical and precision machining industries. The Hitachi company was founded in the Ibaraki city of the same name.
As of March 2011, the prefecture produced 25% of Japan's bell peppers and Chinese cabbage.
Ibaraki is famous for the martial art of Aikido founded by Ueshiba Morihei, also known as Osensei. Ueshiba spent the latter part of his life in the town of Iwama, now part of Kasama, and the Aiki Shrine and dojo he created still remain.
The sports teams listed below are based in Ibaraki.
The prefecture is often mispronounced "Ibaragi". However, the correct pronunciation is "Ibaraki". According to the author of "Not Ibaragi, Ibaraki", this is most likely due to a mishearing of the softening of the "k" sound in Ibaraki dialect.
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