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Hōfu (防府市, Hōfu-shi) is a city located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

Hōfu

防府市
Hofu city seen from Hōfu Tenman-gū shrine.
Hofu city seen from Hōfu Tenman-gū shrine.
Flag of Hōfu
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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 (JST)
City hall address7-1, Kotobukichō, Hōfu-shi, Yamaguchi-ken
747-8501
Websitewww.city.hofu.yamaguchi.jp

As of September 30, 2016, the city has an estimated population of 117,387 and a population density of 622.44 of persons per km². The total area is 188.59 km².

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HistoryEdit

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

The city was founded on August 25, 1936.[1] The city's change during the past fifty years can be visualised in the animated film Mai Mai Miracle, with its story taking place in the year of 1955 (with flashbacks a 1,000 years further back).[2]

Mazda maintains a large automobile factory in Hōfu.[3]

EducationEdit

Main sightseeing spotsEdit

SportsEdit

  • Hofu Keirin venue[4]

Sister CitiesEdit

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "市の概要・市章(Japanese)".
  2. ^ Stills from the film juxtaposed with modern photos(in Japanese)
  3. ^ "Offices Archived October 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.." Mazda. Retrieved on October 29, 2009.
  4. ^ http://www.hofukeirin.jp/
  5. ^ "防府市の姉妹都市(安芸高田市)(Japanese)".
  6. ^ "防府市の姉妹都市(春川市・冬のソナタのロケ地)(Japanese)".
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 28, 2010. Retrieved March 12, 2010. Twin towning with Monroe, Michigan

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