Location of Kitakata in Fukushima Prefecture
|• Mayor||Hideo Shirai|
|• Total||554.67 km2 (214.16 sq mi)|
|Population (1 May 2011)|
|• Density||94/km2 (240/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Iide Cryptomeria|
|- Flower||Himesayuri (Lilium rubellum)|
|- Fish||Three-spined stickleback|
|- Others||Insect: Firefly|
|Address||7244-2 Oshimizuhigashi, Kitakata-shi, Fukushima-ken
Kitakata (喜多方市 Kitakata-shi?) is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. Kitakata was once written '北方', which meant 'northern place'. The city was founded on March 31, 1954.
The city is well known for its distinctive ramen. The area within its former city boundaries has the highest per-capita number of ramen establishments in Japan. Ramen has such prominence in the region that locally, the word soba usually refers to ramen, and not to actual soba which is referred to as nihon soba ("Japanese soba"). Kitakata's ramen consists of rather thick, flat, curly noodles served in a pork and niboshi broth.
In 1882, more than 3,000 peasants gathered at the Danjo-ga-hara Field in Shiokawa and then marched on the Kitakata Police Station to rebel against the oppression of the prefectural government. Known as the Kitakata Incident of 1882, it was the first people's rights movement in the Tohoku area.
- Fukushima Today & Tomorrow, page 18
- "Estimated population May 1, 2011". Official Fukushima Prefecture website. Retrieved 29 July 2011.(Japanese)
- Japan, Lonely Planet (2007) p505.
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