- Wakayama, Wakayama
Infobox City Japan
CityHallLink= [http://www.city.wakayama.wakayama.jp/ City of Wakayama] nihongo|Wakayama|和歌山市|Wakayama-shi is the capital city of
Wakayama Prefecturein the Kansairegion of Japan.
It occupies 4 percent of the land area, and has 40 percent of the population, of the prefecture. The city was founded on
April 1, 1889.
populationrose from 382,155 in 2003to 386,501 in 2004, a growth of 1.87 percent. The density as of 2003was 1,826.74 persons per km². The total area is 209.20 km².
This population increase has occurred despite Wakayama's beleaguered economy, which has suffered since
SumitomoSteel moved much of its steel producing operations to China. The Wakayama steel mills have since been reduced and restructured, and part of the industry completely shutting in 2004. Additionally, Wakayama is famous across Japan for its umeboshiand mikan.
Wakayama is cleft in two by the
Kinokawa River. The city is bordered at the north by mountains and Osaka Prefecture.
In the city center is
Wakayama Castle, built on Mt. Torafusu (the name means "a tiger leaning on his side"). During the Edo period, the Kishū Tokugawa daimyoruled from Wakayama Castle. Tokugawa Yoshimune, the fifth Kishū Tokugawa daimyo, became the eighth Tokugawa shogun.
Wakayama has sister-city relationships with four overseas municipalities: [http://www.city.wakayama.wakayama.jp/english/cityinfo/scframes.html]
*flagicon|United States Bakersfield,
California, United States
*flagicon|South Korea Jeju,
British Columbia, Canada
* [http://www.city.wakayama.wakayama.jp/english/ Official website]
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