Shimane Prefectur

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Shimane Prefecture

島根県
Japanese transcription(s)
 • Japanese島根県
 • RōmajiShimane-ken
Offeecial logo o Shimane Prefecture
Seembol
Location of Shimane Prefecture
KintraJapan
RegionChūgoku
IslandHonshu
CaipitalMatsue
Govrenment
 • GovrenorZenbee Mizoguchi
Area
 • Total6,707.95 km2 (2,589.95 sq mi)
Aurie rank18t
Population
 (October 11, 2011)
 • Tot712,336
 • Rank46t
 • Density106/km2 (270/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeJP-32
Destricts5
Municipalities19
FlouerMoutan peony (Paeonia suffruticosa)
TreeJapanese black pine (Pinus thunbergii)
BirdWhooper swan (Cygnus cygnus)
FishFlyin Fish
Wabsteidwww1.pref.shimane.lg.jp/contents/
kokusai/kokusai-e

Shimane Prefectur (島根県, Shimane-ken) is a prefectur o Japan locatit in the Chūgoku region on the main Honshu island.[1] The caipital is Matsue.[2] It is the seicont least populous prefectur in Japan, efter its eastren neighbor Tottori. The prefectur haes an aurie elongatit frae east tae wast facin the Chūgoku Muntain Range on the sooth side an tae the Sea o Japan on the north side. It is dividit intae the Izumo Region in the East, the Iwami Region in the Wast an the Oki Region, a smaa group o islands aff the northren coast. Maist o the ceeties are near the shoreline o the Sea o Japan. Izumo Taisha in Izumo Ceety is ane o the auldest Shinto shrines in Japan.

The Oki Islands in the Sea o Japan are an aa pairt o Shimane Prefectur, which an aa claims tae hae jurisdiction ower the Sooth Korea-controlled island o Liancourt Rocks (Takeshima).

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Shimane Province" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 859 at Google Books; "Chūgoku" at p. 127 at Google Books
  2. Nussbaum, "Matsue" at p. 617 at Google Books