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    Akitaball is a prefectureball of  Japanball.

    History

    The region of Akita was created from the ancient provinces of Dewa and Mutsu.

    Separated from the principal Japanese centres of commerce, politics, and population by several hundred kilometres and by the Ōu and Dewa mountain ranges to the east, Akita remained largely isolated from Japanese society until after the year 600. Akita was a region of hunter-gatherers and principally nomadic tribes.

    The first historical record of what is now Akita Prefecture dates to 658, when Abe no Hirafu conquered the native Ezo tribes at what are now the cities of Akita and Noshiro. Abe, then governor of Koshi Province (the northwestern part of Honshū bordering the Sea of Japan), established a fort on the Mogami River, and thus began the Japanese settlement of the region.

    In 733, a new military settlement (later renamed Akita Castle) was built in was is now the Takashimizu area of Akita, and more permanent roads and structures were developed. The region was used as a base of operations for the Japanese empire as it drove the native Ezo people from northern Honshū.

    Governance of the region shifted hands several times. During the Tokugawa shogunate it was appropriated to the Satake clan, who ruled the region for 260 years and developed the agriculture and mining industries that are still predominant today. Throughout this period, it was classified as part of Dewa Province. In 1871, during the Meiji Restoration, Dewa Province was reshaped and the old daimyō domains were abolished and administratively reconstructed, resulting in the modern-day borders of Akita.

    The famous Heian period waka poet, Ono no Komachi, is said to have been born in Yuzawa City, Ogachi Town, located in the southeast of the prefecture.

    Geography

    Located on the north-western side of Honshu, Akita Prefecture is adjacent to the Sea of Japan to the west and borders four other prefectures: Aomori in the north, Iwate in the east, Miyagi in the southeast, and Yamagata in the south.

    The borders of Akita Prefecture roughly form a rectangle that is 169 kilometers (105 miles) from north to south and 86 kilometers (54 miles) from west to east. The Oga Peninsula is a prominent feature of the western edge, while the Ōu Mountains mark the eastern border and the higher Dewa Mountains run parallel through the center. Like much of northern Japan, the prefecture has cold winters, particularly in areas farther from the sea.

    As of 31 March 2019, 11% of the total land area of the prefecture is designated as Natural Parks, namely the Towada-Hachimantai National Park; Chōkai, Kurikoma, and Oga Quasi-National Parks; and Akita Shirakami, Hachimori Iwadate, Kimimachizaka, Magi Mahiru, Moriyoshizan, Taiheizan, Tashirodake, and Tazawako Dakigaeri Prefectural Natural Parks.

    Akita Cities
    Name: Akita Kanji: 秋田市 906km² 305,625
    Name: Daisen Kanji: 大仙市 866.07km² 81,133
    Katagami 潟上市 97.76km² 32,585
    Kazuno 鹿角市 707.52km² 30,715
    Kitaakita 北秋田市 1,152km² 31,504
    Nikaho にかほ市 241.13 24,291
    Noshiro 能代市 426.95 52,283
    Oga 男鹿市 241.09 26,390
    Ōdate 大館市 913.22 71,558
    Semboku 仙北市 1,093.64 25,857
    Yokote 横手市 692.8 89,574
    Yurihonjō 由利本荘市 1,209.6 76,077


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