Definitions for Iwate
a prefecture in Japan, its capital is Morioka.
Iwate is a town located in Iwate District, Iwate, Japan, 40° latitude. As of 2003, the town has an estimated population of 18,264. The total area is 360.55 km². Built at the source of the Kitakami River, the town was founded in 1960, when the four villages of Numakunai, Kawaguchi, and merged. Found on Route 4, the main highway of northern Japan, Iwate machi is famous for its blueberry production; a local farmers' market square produces blueberry ice cream. The town is also home to the Stone Sculpture Museum. Since 1973, there has been an annual stone sculpture contest, with the winner being added to the display outside the town hall. The sports center's astroturf pitch, laid in 1993, was the first in the prefecture. The success of the town's hockey club dates back to 1970, and since then both the town and high school have had a consistently strong team. The high school always places highly in the all-Japan inter-high championships. Its station on the Tohoku Shinkansen, built in 2003, is one of the least used stations in all of Japan.
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