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Shimoichi (下市町, Shimoichi-chō) is a town in Yoshino District, Nara Prefecture, Japan.
As of 1 April 2017, the town has an estimated population of 5,378 and a population density of 86.8 persons per km². The total area is 61.99 km².The town is perhaps most famous for the Tsurube sushi shop, which is featured in the popular kabuki play Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura. The shop still operates today and claims to have existed as far back as the 17th century. There are several restaurants and tea houses throughout the town offering sushi, okonomiyaki, udon, takoyaki, and soba.
Shimoichi has many factories making waribashi (disposable chopsticks), as well as onsen, persimmon orchards, shops specializing in shrine ornaments and woodwork, a bathsalts plant, and a regional dessert souvenir factory. There are also konnyaku, sōmen and soba factories.Shimoichi also has its own television station, Shimoichi Terebi, which offers news coverage, local sightseeing information and tours, as well as public information such as fire, earthquake and storm updates. Shimoichi Terebi offers a large amount of local coverage of sports and cultural festivals.
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