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Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Tohoku  /  Miyagi Prefecture  /  Shiogama
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Things to do: religious sites, shopping, breweries
Shiogama is a city located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of August 2014, the city had an estimated population of 54,621 and a population density of 3060 persons per km². The total area was 17.86 km².GeographyShiogama is in north-central Miyagi Prefecture, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east.Neighboring municipalitiesMiyagi PrefectureTagajō, MiyagiRifu, MiyagiShichigahama, MiyagiEtymology"Shiogama" means "salt furnace" and refers to a local Shinto ritual involving the making of salt from sea water, still performed every July. The name is sometimes written using the kanji 塩釜 rather than 塩竈 and both spellings are officially permitted. Both 釜 and 竈 are pronounced gama in compounds, but as lone words they are pronounced kama and kamado, respectively. A kamado (竈, "furnace") is a what a kama (釜, "kettle") is placed upon, and so the two are not completely interchangeable. 塩竈 is the form officially used by the city, but for ease of writing, the 10-stroke 釜 is often used in place of the 21-stroke 竈, such as in Shiogama Station.
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