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Ibara (井原市, Ibara-shi) is a city located in Okayama Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on March 30, 1953.[citation needed]

Ibara
井原市
City
The street in front of Ibara Station
The street in front of Ibara Station
Flag of Ibara
Flag
Location of Ibara in Okayama Prefecture
Location of Ibara in Okayama Prefecture
Ibara is located in Japan
Ibara
Ibara
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°36′N 133°28′E / 34.600°N 133.467°E / 34.600; 133.467Coordinates: 34°36′N 133°28′E / 34.600°N 133.467°E / 34.600; 133.467
Country Japan
Region Chūgoku (San'yō)
Prefecture Okayama Prefecture
Area
 • Total 243.36 km2 (93.96 sq mi)
Population (March 31, 2017)
 • Total 41,460
 • Density 170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (JST)
Website www.city.ibara.okayama.jp
Ibara-shi government office

As of March 2017, the city has an estimated population of 41,460 and a population density of 170 people per km².[1] The total area is 243.36 square kilometres (93.96 square miles).

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MergersEdit

On March 1, 2005, the town of Yoshii (from Shitsuki District), and the town of Bisei (from Oda District) were merged into Ibara.[citation needed]

EducationEdit

Although the population of Ibara is small, it boasts 6 JET Programme ALTs. The ALTs team teach with Japanese English teachers at the primary, middle school, and secondary levels.[citation needed]

AttractionsEdit

In Bisei one can visit the famous astronomical observatory, known as Bisei Tenmondai, as well as Chuusei Yume-ga-Hara, a sort of themepark devoted to showing what a typical Medieval Japanese mountain village looked like. There you can enjoy making traditional crafts such as indigo dying, Shakuhachi (Japanese flute), and various children's games. Tenmondai and Yume-ga-Hara are conveniently located next to one another. Bisei takes its name from the stars (Bisei means Beautiful Stars).

Ibara prides itself on its art museum, the Denchu Art Museum, located near the city office, honors Hirakushi Denchū (1872–1979), who was born in Nishiebara-mura (What is now Ibara) and became a famous sculptor. Many of his works are on display in the art museum named after him. There is another art museum by the name of Hanatori in Takaya, a suburb of Ibara.

Each year, internationally minded residents and the ALTs host the International Food Festival in front of the Ibara City Station offering visitors a chance sample various ethnic foods. Typically, ALTs will showcase foods from their home countries, but some ALTs elect to provide selections from their ethnic background instead.

Ibara also has three video stores, several large supermarkets, and every August hosts a music festival called Sound Wood (organized by a local entrepreneur).

TransportationEdit

In order to get to Ibara, one can either take the Ibara Tetsudo, a rail line that connects Kannabe (in Hiroshima Prefecture) to Soja (in Okayama Prefecture) and passes through Ibara; or, one can take a bus from a large number of locations in the Ibara/Kasaoka Region, as well as from Fukuyama in Hiroshima Prefecture.[citation needed]

International relationsEdit

Twin towns — Sister citiesEdit

Ibara is twinned with:

Famous peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official website of Ibara city" (in Japanese). Japan: Ibara City. Retrieved 12 April 2017.

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