Place:Ehime, Japan

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NameEhime
Alt namesEhimesource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypePrefecture
Coordinates33.667°N 132.833°E
Located inJapan
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is a prefecture in northwestern Shikoku, Japan. The capital is Matsuyama.

History

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Until the Meiji Restoration, Ehime Prefecture was known as Iyo Province. Since before the Heian period, the area was dominated by fishermen and sailors who played an important role in defending Japan against pirates and Mongolian invasions.

After the Battle of Sekigahara, the Tokugawa shogun gave the area to his allies, including Kato Yoshiaki who built Matsuyama Castle, forming the basis for the modern city of Matsuyama.

The name Ehime comes from the Kojiki and means "beautiful maiden."

In 2012, a research group from the University of Tokyo and Ehime University said they had discovered rare earth deposits in the City of Matsuyama in Ehime-ken.

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