“Yonezawa (米沢市, Yonezawa-shi) is a city located in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 91,704 and the population density of 167 persons per square kilometer. The total area is 548.74 km².” (Wikipedia, September ’10).
I’ve first knew about Yonezawa from NHK channel. First, I wasn’t very interested to know more about it and was about to change the channel, but not when I’ve found that Yonezawa is where the Uesugi Samurai Clan used to live! From which, the famous Samurai soldier (Uesugi Kenshin) is. For this reason, an annual Samurai festival “Matsuri” is held in Yonezawa. I wish if I can make it someday at the Matsuri by a Shinkansen!!!