Place:Yamagata, Japan

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NameYamagata
Alt namesYamagatasource: NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998)
Yamagata--kensource: Family History Library Catalog
Yamagata-kensource: Wikipedia
TypePrefecture
Coordinates38.5°N 140.25°E
Located inJapan
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region on Honshu island. Its capital is Yamagata.

History

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The aboriginal people once inhabited the area now known as Yamagata. Yamagata and Akita Prefecture were known as Dewa Province until the Meiji Restoration.

During the Heian Period (794–1185), the 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.

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