by Buddy Lindsey


Note/Disclaimer: This is a post that is meant to give a quick overview of some of Fukushima and not full detail of everything. Fukushima is much like a state in the US with a rich past, present, and future to come. I can’t possibly cover everything and getting the tip of everything would be a book.

Name: Fukushima
Island: Honshū
Population: 2,119,218
Capital: Fukushima
Major Cities: Aizuwakamatsu, Date, Iwaki, Kitakata, Kōriyama, Minamisōma, Motomiya, Nihonmatsu, Shirakawa, Sōma, Sukagawa


To start there is a very interesting history regarding Boy’s Corps of Nhinmatsu and the Byakko-tai which I recommend reading, but is to much to talk about here to do it justice. Around the start of the Meiji Period government did away with the clan system and started the prefecture system we see in use today. The 11 clan territories in Fukushima were replaced with 3 smaller prefectures (Fukushima, Wakamatsu, Iwamae) but later were merged into today’s Fukushima Prefecture. During the Meiji Period railways were built through out Japan and especially helped Fukushima become prosperous and quickly became a place of power, literally. The coal fields and natural lakes helped them to produce coal based power modern equipment for coal mining and burning to help supply most of Tokyo area its power. The hydro electric plants in the area keep it a strong force in energy production of the region. The pace of prefectural development was so rapid that in 1899 the Bank of Japan selected the prefecture as the location for its first branch in the Tohoku region.


Legend has it that an ogress, Adachigahara, once roamed the plain after whom it was named. The Adachigahara plain lies close to the city of Fukushima.


Fukushima has a number of characteristics of an inland climate. The average annual temperature ranges from 12C (53.6 F) to 14C (57.2 F), and seasonal differences in temperature are considerably great. The annual precipitation is about 39 inches. Rainfall is heavy in June but light in February.

Interesting Facts

Kitakata is well known for its distinctive Kitakata ramen and well-preserved traditional storehouse buildings, while Ouchijuku in the town of Shimogo retains numerous thatched buildings from the Edo Period.
Fukushima is home to Hideyo Noguchi, the doctor who contributed to knowledge in the fight against syphilis and yellow fever.
Japan created the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize in Hideyo Noguchi’s honor with the first award given in May 2008.
In 1888, a natural catastrophe stunned the people of Fukushima. Mt. Bandai, a volcano, suddenly erupted, destroying three villages and killing some 500 people. Rocks and muddy debris from the explosions and landslides blocked the Hibara and Nagase rivers, creating the Bandai Plateau with over 100 lakes, ponds and marshes of various size.

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