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Motosu

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Motosu is a city in the south west of Gifu Prefecture, Japan.As of July 2011, the city has an estimated population of 34,997 and a population density of 93 persons per km2. The total area is 374.57 km2.HistoryOn October 28, 1891, the Mino-Owari earthquake, the second largest earthquake to hit Japan, struck. Its epicenter was located in Motosu.The modern city of Motosu was established on February 1, 2004, from the merger of the former town of Motosu, absorbing the towns of Itonuki and Shinsei, and the village of Neo (all from Motosu District). The city's name came from Motosu District.On April 29, 2006, Malera Gifu opened on Mitsuhashi, one of the main roads of Motosu. This shopping centre covers an area of 185,000 m2, making it one of the largest shopping centres in Japan. It houses approximately 240 retail outlets, including a supermarket (Valor), restaurants, clothes retailers and a cinema (Toho Cinema).City symbolsLike many other cities in Japan, Motosu has a tree, a flower, a fish and a bird that are associated with the city.Motosu city's tree is the persimmon tree, which is found growing naturally in the mountainous areas of Motosu. As persimmons are also cultivated in Motosu, it was chosen to represent the agricultural industry in the area.
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