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Kurashiki, Okayama

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A canal in Kurashiki.
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19th-century warehouses line this quay. Nowadays, many of them host merchants of artisanal local wares.

Kurashiki (倉敷市; -shi) is a historic city located to the west of Okayama, Japan, sitting on the Takahashi River, on the coast of the Inland Sea.

As of 2003, the city has an estimated population of 433,477 and the density of 1,450.14 persons per km². The total area is 298.92 km².

The city was founded on April 1, 1928.

Kurashiki is famous within Japan for a number of reasons:

  • Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts;
  • the ancient merchant quarter, called the Bikan historical area. This area of the city is surrounded by almost unique examples of 17th century wooden warehouses called kura (倉) painted white with traditional black tiles, along a canal framed with weeping willows and filled with koi. The area is extraordinarily picturesque, and is a popular tourist destination. One of the city's former town halls was located in the Kurashiki Kan, an impressive European style building constructed in 1917.

A Tivoli theme park was built in 1998, based on the theme park of the same name in Copenhagen, and is popular with local Japanese.

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