Hōfu, Yamaguchi

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Hōfu
防府市
City
Hofu city seen from Hōfu Tenman-gū shrine.
Hofu city seen from Hōfu Tenman-gū shrine.
Flag of Hōfu
Flag
Location of Hōfu in Yamaguchi Prefecture
Location of Hōfu in Yamaguchi Prefecture
Hōfu is located in Japan
Hōfu
Hōfu
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°3′N 131°34′E / 34.050°N 131.567°E / 34.050; 131.567Coordinates: 34°3′N 131°34′E / 34.050°N 131.567°E / 34.050; 131.567
Country Japan
Region Chūgoku (San'yō)
Prefecture Yamaguchi Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Masato Matsuura
Area
 • Total 188.59 km2 (72.82 sq mi)
Population (May 2008)
 • Total 117,535
 • Density 623/km2 (1,610/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Sangoju (Viburnum odoratissimum var. awabuki)
- Flower Scarlet Sage
- Flowering tree Ume
Address 7-1, Kotobukichō, Hōfu-shi, Yamaguchi-ken
747-8501
Phone number 0835-23-2111
Website Hōfu City

Hōfu (防府市 Hōfu-shi?) is a city located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 117,535 and a population density of 623 of persons per km². The total area is 188.59 km².

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Hōfu (防府) means "the capital (国) of Suō Province (周国)". The eastern part of Yamaguchi Prefecture was formerly called Suō Province.

The city was founded on August 25, 1936.[1] 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).[2]

Mazda maintains a large automobile factory in Hōfu.[3]

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