Mie Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

Mie Prefecture (三重県, Mie-ken) is a prefecture of in the Kansai region of Japan on the island of Honshu.[1] The capital city is Tsu.[2]

Mie
三重県
Japanese transcription(s)
 • RomajiMie-ken
Official seal of Mie
Location of Mie in Japan
Location of Mie in Japan
Country Japan
RegionKansai
IslandHonshu
CapitalTsu
Government
 • GovernorEikei Suzuki (since April 2011)
Area
 • Total5,777.22 km2 (2,230.60 sq mi)
Area rank25th
Population
 (April 1, 2010)
 • Total1,855,177
 • Rank23rd
 • Density320/km2 (830/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeJP-24
Prefectural flowerIris (Iris ensata)
Prefectural treeJapanese cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)
Prefectural birdSnowy plover (Charadrius alexandrinus)
Prefectural birdJapanese spiny lobster ("Panulirus japonicus")
Number of districts7
Number of municipalities29
Websitewww.pref.mie.jp/
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Flag of Mie Prefecture.svg

HistoryEdit

Mie prefecture was created by merging the area of Ise Province, Shima Province, Iga Province and Kii Province.[3]

In 1871, the area from the Kisosansen River in the north to the city of Tsu became Anōtsu Prefecture. The area south of Tsu became Watarai Prefecture. In 1876, Anōtsu Prefecture and Watarai Prefecture joined to become Mie Prefecture.[source?]

Mie has four dialects: Iga, Ise, Shima, and Kisyuu.

GeographyEdit

Mie Prefecture is on the eastern side of the Kii Peninsula. The prefectures that surround Mie are Aichi Prefecture, Gifu Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture, Kyoto Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, and Wakayama Prefecture.

CitiesEdit

There are fourteen cities in Mie Prefecture:

National ParksEdit

About 35% of the total land area of the prefecture is National Parks.[4]

Shrines and TemplesEdit

Aekuni jinja, Tsubaki jinja, and Izawa jinja are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture. [5]

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Mie prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 628; "Kansai" at p. 477.
  2. Nussbaum, "Tsu" at p. 995.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," pp. 1-3 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-3-13.

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