Introduction

Morioka is the capital city of Iwate Prefecture which is in the Tohoku Region. Morioka is famous for its brewing industry, Nambu Senbei (rice cracker) and noodles. Until 803 the area around Morioka was controlled by the Emishi people who were an indigenous group of people who lived in the area for thousands of years. In 803 Sakanoue no Tamuramaro built Shiwa Castle.

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