Hofu city seen from Hōfu Tenman-gū shrine.
Location of Hōfu in Yamaguchi Prefecture
|• Mayor||Masato Matsuura|
|• Total||188.59 km2 (72.82 sq mi)|
|Population (May 2008)|
|• Density||623/km2 (1,610/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Sangoju (Viburnum odoratissimum var. awabuki)|
|- Flower||Scarlet Sage|
|- Flowering tree||Ume|
|Address||7-1, Kotobukichō, Hōfu-shi, Yamaguchi-ken
Hōfu (防府) means "the capital (国府) of Suō Province (周防国)". The eastern part of Yamaguchi Prefecture was formerly called Suō Province.
The city was founded on August 25, 1936. 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).
- Yamaguchi Junior College (private junior college)
Main sightseeing spots
- Akitakata, Hiroshima, Japan since July 16, 1971
- Chuncheon, Gangwon-do, South Korea since October 29, 1991
- Monroe, Michigan, United States, since May 29, 1993
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- Hōfu City official website (English)
- Oidemase Hōfu website (Japanese)
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