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Imari

city, Saga ken (prefecture), Kyushu, Japan, facing Imari Bay. The two islands of Taka and Fuku form a natural mole, protecting the city's harbour. Imari was once a base for Japanese pirates. By the Tokugawa era (1603-1867) it had become the trade and shipping centre for the fine porcelain manufactured at Arita, 6 miles (10 km) south. Porcelain has since been produced at Okawachiyama, the southern part of Imari. The city also contains lumber, marine products, and petrochemical industries. Pop. (2005) 58,190.

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