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Natural Regions, Chugoku

Chugoku Mountains, middle country, water animal, industrial pollution, Shimane

Chugoku, which means “middle country,” lies between the Inland Sea and the Sea of Japan at the western end of Honshu. The Chugoku Mountains run from east to west through the center of the region. The zone south of the mountains along the Inland Sea, called San’yo or “the sunny side,” has a mild climate and a relatively high population density. Its warm coastal plains support rice fields, citrus orchards, and vineyards. Also located on these plains are several major industrial and port cities, including the region’s principle city, Hiroshima. The Sea of Japan coast, called San’in or “the shady side,” is colder, lacks natural harbors, and is less urbanized. The Sea of Japan traditionally has been important for fishing and aquaculture (water animal and plant cultivation), but these activities have declined due to industrial pollution. The Chugoku region encompasses the prefectures of Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, and Yamaguchi.



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