Yamagata Prefecture

Yamagata Prefecture
山形県
Prefecture
Japanese transcription(s)
 •  Japanese 山形県
 •  Rōmaji Yamagata-ken
Flag of Yamagata Prefecture
Flag
Official logo of Yamagata Prefecture
Symbol
Location of Yamagata Prefecture
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Island Honshu
Capital Yamagata
Government
 •  Governor Mieko Yoshimura
Area
 • Total 9,323.34 km2 (3,599.76 sq mi)
Area rank 9th
Population (February 1, 2011)
 • Total 1,152,000
 • Rank 35th
 • Density 125.10/km2 (324.0/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code JP-06
Districts 8
Municipalities 35
Flower Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius)
Tree Cherry
Bird Mandarin duck (Aix galericulata)
Fish Cherry salmon (Oncorhynchus masou)
Website www.pref.yamagata.jp

Yamagata Prefecture (山形県, Yamagata-ken) is a prefecture located in the Tōhoku region of Japan. [1] Its capital is Yamagata. [2]

History

The aboriginal Ezo (蝦夷) people once inhabited the area now known as Yamagata. Yamagata and Akita Prefecture were known as Dewa Province until the Meiji Restoration. [3]

During the Heian Period (794–1185), the Fujiwara (藤原) family ruled the area. Yamagata City flourished during the Edo Period (1603–1867) due to its status as a castle town and post station, famous for beni (red safflower dye used in the production of handspun silk). In 1689, the famous haiku poet, Matsuo Bashō visited Yamagata during his five-month trip to the northern regions of Japan.

Other Languages
azərbaycanca: Yamaqata prefekturası
Bân-lâm-gú: Yamagata-koān
Cebuano: Yamagata-ken
davvisámegiella: Yamagata prefektuvra
贛語: 山形县
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Yamagata-yen
한국어: 야마가타현
Bahasa Indonesia: Prefektur Yamagata
Kiswahili: Mkoa wa Yamagata
Bahasa Melayu: Wilayah Yamagata
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Yamagata-gâing
монгол: Ямагата-кэн
日本語: 山形県
Simple English: Yamagata Prefecture
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Prefektura Jamagata
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: ياماگاتا ناھىيىسى
Tiếng Việt: Yamagata
文言: 山形縣
吴语: 山形县
粵語: 山形縣
中文: 山形县