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History and Culture

History

In the Hitachi-no-kuni Fūdoki topography, there is a description about Ibaraki saying "The area is large, the soil is fertile, products from mountains and sea are abundant, and the people are well off. It is just like heaven." As the description says, the people have been well off in Ibaraki Prefecture since the old days.

In the medieval period, powerful samurai generals had their residences in this area. Particularly in the Edo Period, Ibaraki was an important transportation hub due to its proximity to Edo. The Tokugawa feudal clan was located in Mito at that time, and Ibaraki flourished as the center of local politics, economy and culture.

After the Tokugawa Shōgunate collapsed, Ibaraki Prefecture was established in 1871 by the government and became its present size in 1875.

Since then, based on its industrial and cultural successes, the prefecture has made great developments in various fields, such as agriculture, industry, science and technology, culture, and welfare.

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The Dai-Nihon-Shi historiography was completed after 250 years.

Culture

Ibaraki Prefecture has cultural heritage sites such as Kairakuen garden and Kashima shrine. Also, many great artists, such as the painter Taikan Yokoyama, modern ceramic artist Hazan Itaya, and children's song writer Ujō Noguchi, came from Ibaraki.

Having such a cultural background of tradition, the prefecture organizes a full schedule of cultural activities such as the Tsukuba International Music Festival, art exhibitions, and prefectural art festivals.

In recent years, a tendency to seek richness of mind or improvement in the quality of life is widely spreading among the people and many get involved in volunteer cultural activities. Responding to this trend, the prefecture set guidelines for cultural promotion in 1991 and established the Culture Promotion Fund in the following year. The prefecture has been working on the creation of new, attractive local culture.

kashima shirine

The Kashima shrine is one of three famous shrines in eastern Japan.

 

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