The Tōhoku region (東北地方 Tōhoku-chihō) is one of Japan's traditional regions. The Japanese conventions of geography and history divide the nation into eight regions, including the Tōhoku region. These have been used since 1905 as basic units for description and comparison and as cultural markers.
In the late 7th century, the Tōsandō region were identified as one of the eight largest administrative areas of the Imperial system (ritsuryo seido).
In the Meiji period, the modern regional system was made by Imperial decree. Japan was divided into regions (chihō), including the Tōhoku region. A regional council (chihō gyōsei kyōgisai) was headed by the governor of the most powerful prefecture in the regional grouping. The council also included regional chiefs of central government ministries.
Over time, Tōhoku has developed its own regional dialects, customs and unique traditional culture. Tōhoku is famous for farming. Now a lot of kinds of vegetable are grown.
The Tōhoku University was built in 1907.
The region occupies the northeastern part of Honshu, which is the largest Japanese island.
The region has six prefectures. From north to south, they are:
- Aomori Prefecture
- Iwate Prefecture
- Akita Prefecture
- Miyagi Prefecture
- Yamagata Prefecture
- Fukushima Prefecture
- Provinces of Japan
- Prefectures of Japan
- List of regions of Japan
- List of islands of Japan
- 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
- Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
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Rice paddies in the Aizu region, west of Fukushima Prefecture
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