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Gotsu

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Gōtsu is a city located in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. It is the smallest and least populous city in Shimane Prefecture. The city was founded on April 1, 1954.As of 2011, the city has an estimated population of 26,034 and a population density of 97 persons per km². The total area is 158.41 km². The City's economy is primarily focused on commerce.The city lies on the sea, and offers beautiful and uncrowded beaches. The Gono River flows through the city, from the mountains to the sea. The river is the site of festivals, fireworks, and excellent fishing.On October 1, 2004, the town of Sakurae (from Ōchi District) was merged into Gōtsu.Overlooking Gōtsu City is Hoshitaka Mountain, or "Star Mountain", so named for the star pattern carved into the face of the mountain. According to Gōtsu legend, the star was formed by a meteor that had fallen many years ago. A piece of this meteor was saved, and a special shrine was built at the foot of the mountain to honor the meteor. In the winter, snowfall on the mountain creates a beautiful star-shaped pattern, visible from anywhere in the city. In the spring, white azaleas bloom to form a white star, while the area bordering the star remains green. In the summer, in celebration of the Japanese Obon Festival, the star is lit up at night.Under the auspices of the Japanese Ministry of Education and the Jet Programme, Gōtsu hosts two native English speakers each year, who teach English in the area's public schools. Gōtsu's Sister City in the United States is Corona, California (located near Los Angeles).
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