Setouchi, Okayama

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Setouchi
瀬戸内市
City
Ushimado Port and resort area
Ushimado Port and resort area
Flag of Setouchi
Flag
Location of Setouchi in Okayama Prefecture
Location of Setouchi in Okayama Prefecture
Setouchi is located in Japan
Setouchi
Setouchi
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°40′N 134°6′E / 34.667°N 134.100°E / 34.667; 134.100Coordinates: 34°40′N 134°6′E / 34.667°N 134.100°E / 34.667; 134.100
Country Japan
Region Chūgoku (San'yō)
Prefecture Okayama Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Akinari Takehisa (since July 2009)
Area
 • Total 125.51 km2 (48.46 sq mi)
Population (January 1, 2012)
 • Total 39,232
 • Density 310/km2 (810/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Olive
- Flower Chrysanthemum
- Bird Japanese white-eye
Address 300-1 Oku-cho Owari, Setouchi-shi, Okayama-ken
701-4292
Phone number 0869-22-1111
Website www.city.setouchi.lg.jp
Setouchi City Hall

Setouchi (瀬戸内市 Setouchi-shi?) is a city located in southern Okayama Prefecture, Japan.

As of January 1, 2012, the city has an estimated population of 39,232, with 14,735 households and a population density of 310 persons per km². The total area is 125.51 km2 (48.46 sq mi).

The modern city of Setouchi was founded on November 1, 2004 by the merger of the former towns of Oku, Osafune and Ushimado (all from Oku District). Its city hall is the former town hall of Oku.

The name "Setouchi" derived from Seto Inland Sea (in Japanese: Setonaikai). The city faces the Inland Sea on its eastern and southern parts. The climate is moderate. Its main industries are fishery, agriculture, pottery, and sightseeing.

Port Ushimado was a famous port till the early modern era. It served messengers from Korea to the Tokugawa Shogunate. The port is today a good spot for sightseeing and sailing. Osafune was famous for the production of katana in the 12th century under the name of Bizen Osafune (Osafune, Bizen Province). Fukuoka District, which flourished as a trade center and later a political center along the Seto Inland Sea until the beginning of the Edo period, served by the Yoshii River and the Seto Inland Sea, is also included as a part of the city. The Fukuoka Market (Fukuoka no Ichi) was recorded in the scroll Ippen Shonin Emaki, drawn in the 13th century. At the end of the Kamakura period a castle was built in Fukuoka. In the middle Muromachi period, the daimyo who governed Bizen province took this castle as their site, rebuilt and fortified it much than before. Because the Yoshii river changed its course and most of Fukuoka including the castle sank under the river, the castle was abandoned.

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