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Kitakata is a city located in Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Honshū, Japan. As of September 2014, the city had an estimated population of 49,857 and a population density of 89.9 persons per km2. The total area was 554.67 km2. Kitakata was once written '北方', which meant 'northern place'.GeographyKitakami is located at the far northern Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture, bordered by Yamagata Prefecture to the north.Neighboring municipalitiesAizuwakamatsu, FukushimaNishiaizu, FukushimaKitashiobara, FukushimaBandai, FukushimaAizubange, FukushimaYugawa, FukushimaYonezawa, YamagataIide, YamagataOguni, YamagataShibata, NiigataAga, NiigataHistoryThe area of present-day Kitakata was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and formed part of the holdings of Aizu Domain during the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, it was organized as part of Yama District, and Kitakata was established as a town in 1875. . In 1882, more than 3,000 peasants gathered at the Danjo-ga-hara Field in Shiokawa and then marched on the Kitakata Police Station to rebel against the oppression of the prefectural government. Known as the Kitakata Incident of 1882, it was the first people's rights movement in the Tohoku area.
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