Fukushima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region. The capital is the city of Fukushima; until the Meiji Restoration, the area of Fukushima prefecture was part of what was known as Mutsu Province. The Shirakawa Barrier and the Nakoso Barrier were built around the 5th century to protect'civilized Japan' from the'barbarians' to the north. Fukushima became a Province of Mutsu after the Taika Reforms were established in 646. In 718, the provinces of Iwase and Iwaki were created, but these areas reverted to Mutsu some time between 722 and 724; this region of Japan is known as Michinoku and Ōshū. The Fukushima Incident took place in the prefecture after Mishima Michitsune was appointed governor in 1882; the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the resulting Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster caused significant damage to the prefecture but not limited to the eastern Hamadōri region. On Friday, March 11, 2011, 14:46 JST, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture.
Shindo measurements throughout the prefecture reached as high as 6-upper in isolated regions of Hama-dōri on the eastern coast and as low as a 2 in portions of the Aizu region in the western part of the prefecture. Fukushima City, located in Naka-dōri and the capital of Fukushima Prefecture, measured 6-lower. Following the earthquake there were isolated reports of major damage to structures, including the failure of Fujinuma Dam as well as damage from landslides; the earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that hit the eastern coast of the prefecture and caused widespread destruction and loss of life. In the two years following the earthquake, 1,817 residents of Fukushima Prefecture had either been confirmed dead or were missing as a result of the earthquake and tsunami. In the aftermath of the earthquake and the tsunami that followed, the outer housings of two of the six reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Ōkuma exploded followed by a partial meltdown and fires at three of the other units.
Many residents were evacuated to nearby localities due to the development of a large evacuation zone around the plant. Radiation levels near the plant peaked at 400 mSv/h after the earthquake and tsunami, due to damage sustained; this resulted in increased recorded radiation levels across Japan. On April 11, 2011, officials upgraded the disaster to a level 7 out of a possible 7, a rare occurrence not seen since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Several months officials announced that although the area nearest the melt down were still off limits, areas near the twenty kilometer radial safe zone could start seeing a return of the close to 47,000 residents, evacuated. Fukushima is both the southernmost prefecture of Tōhoku region and the prefecture of Tōhoku region, closest to Tokyo. With an area size of 13,784 km2 it is the third-largest prefecture of Japan, behind Hokkaido and Iwate Prefecture, it is divided by mountain ranges into three regions called Aizu, Nakadōri, Hamadōri. The coastal Hamadōri region lies on the Pacific Ocean and is the flattest and most temperate region, while the Nakadōri region is the agricultural heart of the prefecture and contains the capital, Fukushima City.
The mountainous Aizu region has scenic lakes, lush forests, snowy winters. As of April 1, 2012, 13% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely Bandai-Asahi, Nikkō, Oze National Parks. Thirteen cities are located in Fukushima Prefecture: These are the towns and villages in each district: The coastal region traditionally specializes in fishing and seafood industries, is notable for its electric and nuclear power-generating industry, while the upland regions are more focused on agriculture. Thanks to Fukushima's climate, various fruits are grown throughout the year; these include pears, cherries and apples. As of March 2011, the prefecture produced 8.7 % of cucumbers. Fukushima produces rice, that combined with pure water from mountain run-offs, is used to make sake; some sakes from the region are considered so tasteful that they are served to visiting royalty and world leaders by hosts. Lacquerware is another popular product from Fukushima. Dating back over four hundred years, the process of making lacquerware involves carving an object out of wood putting a lacquer on it and decorating it.
Objects made are dishes and writing materials. Legend has it that an ogress, once roamed the plain after whom it was named; the Adachigahara plain lies close to the city of Fukushima. Other stories, such as that of a large, red cow that carried wood, influenced toys and superstitions; the Aka-beko cow is a small, red papier-mâché cow on a bamboo or wooden frame, is believed to ease child birth, bring good health, help children grow up as strong as the cow. Another superstitious talisman of the region is self-righting dharma doll; these dolls are seen as bringers of good luck and prosperity because they stand right back up when knocked down. Miharu Koma are small, black or white toy horses painted with colorful designs. Depending upon their design, they may be believed to bring things like long life to the owner. Kokeshi dolls, while less symbolic, are a popular traditional craft, they are carved wooden dolls, with hand painted bodies. Kokeshi dolls are popular throughout many regions of Japan, but Fukushima is credited as their birthplace.
Sōma's Nomaoi Festival is held every summer. The Nomaoi Festival horse riders dressed in complete samurai attire can be seen racing, chasing wild
Nasushiobara is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. As of May 2015, the city had an estimated population of 116,813 and a population density of 197 persons per km², its total area is 592.74 km². Nasushiobara is the northernmost city in the Kantō region of Japan, bordering Fukushima Prefecture to the north, it is located in the mountains. Tochigi Prefecture Ōtawara Yaita Nikko Shioya Nasu Fukushima Prefecture Minamiaizu Shimogō Nishigō The modern city of Nasushiobara was established on January 1, 2005, from the merger of the former city of Kuroiso, the towns of Nishinasuno and Shiobara. Nasushiobara relies on seasonal tourism to its hot spring and ski resorts. Agriculture is centered on dairy production; the city mascot, was created to represent the city's dairy production. Utsunomiya Kyowa University Nasushiobara has 22 primary schools, ten middle schools and four high schools. JR East – Tōhoku Shinkansen Nasushiobara JR East – Tōhoku Main Line Nishi-Nasuno – Nasushiobara – Kuroiso Tōhoku Expressway – Nishinasuno IC, Kuroiso IC Japan National Route 4 Japan National Route 400 Japan National Route 461 Nasushiobara serves as a gateway for tourism in northern Tochigi.
Shiobara onsen Itamuro onsen former house of Aoki Shuzo Nogi Jinja (former residence of General Nogi Maresuke Hunter Mountain Shiobara Momiji-dani Suspension Bridge Hiromi Hara – professional football player Yoko Shibui – Olympic runner Aya Hirayama – actress Yoshimi Watanabe - politician Masayoshi Takayama - three-star Michelin head chef of the Manhattan sushi restaurant Masa Media related to Nasushiobara, Tochigi at Wikimedia Commons Official Website Shiobara Onsen
Tanagura is a town located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 May 2018, the town had an estimated population of 14,229 in 5029 households, a population density of 89 persons per km²; the total area of the town was 159.93 square kilometres. Tanagura is located in the southernmost portion of Fukushima prefecture, bordering on Tochigi Prefecture to the west and Ibaraki Prefecture to the south. Tanagura has a humid climate; the average annual temperature in Tanagura is 11.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1,408 mm with September as the wettest month. Mountains: Yamizosan Rivers: Kuji River Fukushima Prefecture Shirakawa Yamatsuri Samegawa Asakawa Ibaraki Prefecture Daigo Tochigi Prefecture Ōtawara Nasu Per Japanese census data, the population of Tanagura has remained constant over the past 40 years; the area of present-day Tanagura was part of ancient Mutsu Province. The area formed part of the holdings of Tanagura Domain, in the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part Higashishirakawa District within the Nakadōri region of Iwaki Province.
Tanagura Town was formed on April 1889 with the creation of the modern municipalities system. The town expanded on January 1, 1950 by the annexation of the neighboring villages of Yashirogawa, Chikaatsu and Takano. Tanagura has mixed economy with precision manufacturing predominating. Tanagura has five public elementary schools and one public junior high school operated by the town government, one public high school operated by the Fukushima Prefectural Board of Education. Tanagura High School Tanagura Junior High School Tanagura Elementary School Yashirogawa Elementary School Chikatsu Elementary School Takabo Elementary School Yamaoka Elementary School JR East – Suigun Line Chikatsu - Nakatoyo - Iwaki-Tanakura National Route 118 National Route 289 – Sparta, Friendship Cities from September 23, 1986 – Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia from October 8, 2002 Site of Tanagura Castle Media related to Tanagura, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons Official website
A primary school is a school in which children receive primary or elementary education from the age of about five to eleven, coming after preschool, infant school and before secondary school. In most parts of the world, primary education is the first stage of compulsory education, is available without charge, but may be offered in a fee-paying independent school; the term grade school is sometimes used in the US, although this term may refer to both primary education and secondary education. The term primary school is derived from the French école primaire, first used in 1802. Primary school is the preferred term in the United Kingdom and many Commonwealth nations, in most publications of the United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization. Elementary school is preferred in some countries in the United States and Canada. In some parts of the United States, "primary school" refers to a school with grades Kindergarten through second grade or third grade. In these locations, the "elementary school" includes grades four to six.
In some places, primary schooling has further been divided between lower primary schools, which were the elementary schools, higher primary schools, which were established to provide a more practical instruction to poorer classes than what was provided in the secondary schools. Blab school Early childhood education Elementary school Elementary school Elementary school Elementary schools in Japan Educational stage Secondary school School Virtual reality in primary education National Center for Education Statistics Elementary Schools with Education and Crime Statistics
Nishigō is a village located in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 April 2018, the village had an estimated population of 20,343 in 7757 households and a population density of 103 persons per km2; the total area of the village was 192.06 square kilometres.. Nishigō is located in the flatlands of south-central Fukushima prefecture, bordered by Tochigi Prefecture to the south. Nishigō has a humid climate; the average annual temperature in Nishigō is 10.0 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1,438 mm with September as the wettest month; the temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 25.4 °C, lowest in January, at around 0.9 °C. Mountains: Sanbonyaridake Rivers: Abukuma River Lakes: Nishigō Dam, Akasaka Dam Fukushima Prefecture Shirakawa Ten'ei Shimogō Tochigi Prefecture Nasushiobara Nasu Per Japanese census data, the population of Nishigō has increased over the past 40 years; the area of present-day Nishigō was part of ancient Mutsu Province. The area was part of the holdings of Shirakawa Domain during the Edo period.
After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part of Nishishirakawa District in the Nakadōri region of Iwaki Province. Modern Nishigō Village was formed on April 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system. Nishigō has a mixed economy of light/precision manufacturing. Nishigō has five public elementary schools and three public middle schools operated by the town government; the town does not have a high school. Nishigō First Middle School Nishigō Second Middle School Kawatani Middle School Odakura Elementary School Kumakura Elementary School Yone Elementary School, Habuto Elementary School Kawatani Elementary School JR East – Tōhoku Shinkansen Shin-Shirakawa Tōhoku Expressway National Route 4 National Route 289 Fumihiro Suzuki, professional baseball player Toshiyuki Yanuki, professional baseball player Media related to Nishigō, Fukushima at Wikimedia Commons Official website
Kurodahara Station is a railway station on the Tōhoku Main Line in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, operated by East Japan Railway Company. Kurodahara Station is served by the Tōhoku Main Line, is located 171.5 rail kilometers from the official starting point of the line at Tokyo Station. Kurodahara Station has two opposed side platforms connected to the station building by an overhead passageway. Kurodahara Station opened on September 1, 1891; the station was absorbed into the JR East network upon the privatization of the Japanese National Railways on April 1, 1987. Nasu Town Hall Kurodahara Post Office Kurodahara Jinja Media related to Kurodahara Station at Wikimedia Commons JR East Station information