About Us(水戸市について)


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About Us

Mito is a city that has flourished since its days as a castle city many years ago. In the Edo period, Lord Yorifusa Tokugawa became the first lord of the Mito Region in 1609. He was born as the 11th son of Ieyasu Tokugawa, who is famous for becoming the first general of Edo Shogunate. He improved Mito castle and the castle town. Excellent rulers such as the Mitsukuni Tokugawa, the second lord, and Nariaki Tokugawa, the ninth lord, followed him, and the name of Mito became known nation-wide as one of the three greatest domains of the Tokugawa family. After the Meiji Era, in 1889, Mito city was one of the first in Japan to be given city status along with 30 other cities, such as Yokohama city.
Mito city is the prefectural capital of Ibaraki prefecture, but is blessed also with many historical sites such as "Kairakuen-park" and the Edo period "Kodokan- school", and excellent waterworks and greenery. "Kairakuen", built by Lord "Nariaki Tokugawa", is one of the three greatest gardens in Japan, and "Kairakuen-park" with Senba-lake at its center boasts the second widest city park in the world. Also, "Art Tower Mito" was erected in commemoration of 100 years of city status, and is highly praised nationally and internationally for its involvement in high quality projects in music, theatrical plays, and Art.At the establishment of Mito city, the population was about 25,000, but now has reached 264,000 (February 2005). Mito City is now striving to become "Mito- an active prefectural capital city with distinction and comfort ".

Location and Geographic Features

Mito city is the prefectural capital of Ibaraki prefecture and is located on the northeast edge of the Kanto Plain. It is about 100km northeast of the Nation's capital Tokyo, and lies almost completely in the center of Ibaraki prefecture. To the north is Hitachinaka city on one side and Naka River on the other, Ooarai town is towards the east facing the Pacific Ocean, to the south is Ibaraki town, and to the west is Kasama city.
The geography of Mito can be divided into the lowland district, plateau district and hills district. Within the lowland district, there are Senba Lake and Bizen Canal among others, and rice fields next to the city. In the plateau district, instead of the city spreading out, field farming has flourished.
Especially in the Uwaichi Plateau, the east edge of the former center city area forms the site of the Kodokan and Mito castle ruins. In the hill district, the altitude is approximately 100m, with a forest park and golf course, and is an area of rich green space. At almost the center of the city, there is Kairakuen, one of the three greatest gardens in Japan, and in the center of Kairakuen Park is Senba Lake. The natural surroundings create a scenery that the city is proud of having.

Total Dimension(k平方メートル) 217.43
East west(km) 23.7
South north(km) 18.2
Altitude(m) Max 160.0 Min 0.1
Location of City Hall
Address Mito City Chuo 1-4-1
Longitude East Longtitude 140° 28′17″
Latitude North Latitude 36° 21′57″

City Tree, Flower, and Bird

City Tree: “Plum”
The plum tree is well represented in Kairakuen, and has been familiar site in Mito since times long ago. Its blossoms herald the beginning of spring, making it the appropriate tree as city-symbol for Mito.
City Flower: “Bush Clover” (Lespedeza)
One of seven autumn flowers, it grows in many of the fields surrounding the city. During the Bush Clover Festival at Kairakuen, the appearance of this flower in early fall is celebrated.
City Bird:“Water Wagtail”
Often seen around the city such as Naka River, Senba Lake, and Sakura River. This bird, whose white wings can be seen in flight, is a fitting symbol of Mito, the “water city”.

Total Area 217.43 k平方メートル
Total Population 264171 (October 1 ,2008)
Origin of the name of the city From ancient times,the opening to an ocean or river was called "Mito" or "Minato". As in the case of Mito City as well, the basis of such a name can be said to be due to ographical features,since the edge of the plateau that extends between Naka River and Senba Lake was called "Mito". When exactly the name "Mito" was adopted for the place is not clear,but its earliest known use is found in the Yoshida Yakuouin Document (dated estimate at OueiPeriod, 1400 A.D.).
Emblem of Mito City A stylized symbol of the "Water" of Mito city,and expressing a strong image of spreading in four directions, with three "ト"s ("to") from "Mito" in its center,arranged to support it from underneath.
Climate Except for winter which is a little harsh,the climate is rather mild. Weather disasters are comparably few,with the exception of disasters caused by rain.

City Tree: “Plum”City Flower: “Bush Clover” (Lespedeza)City Bird:“Water Wagtail”

Emblem of Mito City


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