Higashihiroshima

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Higashihiroshima (東広島市, Higashihiroshima-shi) is a city located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.
As of July 31. 2016 the city has an estimated population of 185,418 and a population density of 291.85 persons per km2. The total area is 635.32 km2.
Higashihiroshima is a university town of Hiroshima University. Higashihiroshima is adjacent to Hiroshima, and so also forms a commuter town of Hiroshima. Name of this city meaning "East of Hiroshima city".
From old times, Higashihiroshima is famous for making sake and along the Sakagura Dōri ("Sake Storehouse Road") area near JR Saijō Station are the Namako wall (white-lattice walled) and Sekishu Gawara (red-roof tile) roofs of ten well-known sake breweries. An annual sake matsuri is held every October.
The city was founded on April 20, 1974, from the merger of the four towns of Saijō, Hachihonmatsu, Shiwa and Takaya in Kamo District.
In 1992, the population reached 100,000.
On February 7, 2005, the towns of Kurose, Kōchi, Toyosaka and Fukutomi (all from Kamo District), and the town of Akitsu (from Toyota District) were merged into Higashihiroshima.

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