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Japan is an island country in East Asia. It is located in the Pacific Ocean it lies to the east of China, Korea, and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea in the south. Its capital and largest city is Tokyo. It has the world's 10th largest population. It is world's largest international creditor and is the sixth largest exporter and importer and is a member of the United Nations. And it is a leading nation in the fields of scientific research, technology, machinery, and medical research with the world's third largest budget for research and development.
 
Mito is the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan and has a central location, moderately offset towards the coast in that prefecture. As of 2005, the city has an estimated population of 263,748 and the density of 1,212.91 persons per square kilometers and total area is 217.45 square kilometers. It is also the location of Kairakuen, a nationally famous park, celebrated for its breathtaking ume blossoms that bloom in the springtime. Senba lake is located in Mito. Mito's culinary speciality is its natto. Mito natto is well-known across Japan.
 
Mito is the site of the Japanese garden Kairaku-en, which is counted as one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. It was constructed by Nariaki Tokugawa in 1842. The park is known for its ume trees. Many people come to this park in spring to view the spectacular blossoms, particularly at the Ume-Festival. In summer, Mito city also holds the Mito Koumon Festival.
 
Ume Festival at Kairaku-en in MitoMito was the seat of the so-called Mito School, a congregation of nativist scholars of Confucian persuasion led by Aizawa Seishisai  who during the eigthteenth and nineteenth centuries advocated Western learning as a means not only to further Japanese technological development and international strength, but as means to prove Japanese uniqueness and superiority among nations. Mito is the home city of the J-League professional soccer team, Mito HollyHock.

Mito is located on the Joban Line and Joban Expressway, which connect it to Tokyo and Tsukuba to the south and Hitachi and Iwaki to the north. The Suigun Line runs north to Koriyama, and the Mito Line runs west to Oyama. The closest major airport is Narita International Airport. An airport offering domestic service will be completed in nearby Omitama in 2009.

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