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Odawara, Kanagawa

city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

Odawara (小田原市, Odawara-shi) is a Japanese city in Kanagawa Prefecture on the island of Honshū.[1]

It has been recognized as a special city since 2000.[2]

HistoryEdit

 
Odawara — ukiyo-e woodblock print by Hiroshige, circa 1830s

In the Edo period, Odawara-juku was 9th of the 53 shogunate-maintained waystations (shuku-eki) along the Tōkaidō road which connected Edo and Kyoto.[3]

During the Great Kantō earthquake in 1923, most Odawara buildings collapsed immediately; and fires burned anything left standing.[4]

GeographyEdit

The borders of Odawara are the Hakone Mountains to the north and west, the Sakawa River to the east and Sagami Bay to the south.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Odawara" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 735.
  2. Jacobs, A.J. "Japan's Evolving Nested Municipal Hierarchy: The Race for Local Power in the 2000s," Urban Studies Research (2011), Table 3; retrieved 2012-12-18.
  3. Nussbaum, "Tōkaidō" at p. 973.
  4. Hammer, Joshua. (2006). Yokohama Burning: The Deadly 1923 Earthquake and Fire that Helped Forge the Path to World War II, p. 113.

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