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Basic Data on Mie Population, Area, Climate, Flora, etc.

Prefectural Capital Tsu
Area 5,776 km2
Population 1,829,063 people (2013 October 1)
Climate The prefectural capital, Tsu, has an annual average temperature of 15.5°C (59.9°F), providing the area with a relatively mild and comfortable climate. As for Iga, situated in a basin surrounded by mountains, the area has an annual average temperature of 13.8°C (56.8°F), with a large temperature range between winter and summer as well as morning and evening. For Owase, facing the Kumano Sea, the area has a warm annual average temperature of 15.9°C (60.6°F) and an annual average rainfall of 3,922 mm (154 inches), making the area one of the most rainy regions in the country.
Prefectural Animal. Japanese Serow (Goat-antelope) The Japanese serow, unique to Japan, is an animal with two horns regardless of gender, and designated as a Special National Monument. The animal likes to live in forests, rocky hills, and high mountain cliffs, inhabiting the Odai and Suzuka mountain ranges.
Prefectural Flower. Japanese Iris. The Japanese iris is an improved variety of the Iris ensata that has grown in clusters since ancient times. It blooms in beautiful white, purple, and light pink from May to June. They can be seen in places such as Kyuka Park (Kuwana City) and the Saio Forest (Meiwa-cho).
Prefectural Tree. Jingu Cedar. The Jingu cedar is the main tree found in the forests around Ise Shrine, and can be read about in many songs and poems under the names of chie cedar and hoko cedar. Ise Shrine (Ise City) and Takiharanomiya Shrine (Taiki-cho) are overgrown with some trees more than 40 meters tall.
Prefectural Bird. Kentish Plover. The Kentish plover is a bird slightly larger than a tree sparrow with a beautiful shape and lovely call. In spring and summer, the birds form pairs, while in the fall and winter, they form a group. They can be found everywhere on the coast between Kisosaki-cho and Ise City.
Prefectural Fish. Japanese Spiny Lobster. The 2012 catch in Mie was the biggest in Japan, having become one of the main marine products of Mie Prefecture. The lobsters are mostly caught around the Ise-Shima area.

Reprinted from the Kanko Mie website (https://www.kankomie.or.jp/mie/index.html)