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city, Hyogo ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan. The city is adjacent to Kobe on the Akashi Strait of the Inland Sea. It developed as a castle town, and many relics of the Jomon and Yayoi periods remain on the nearby hills. Artifacts of the Jomon period (4500-250 BC; a hunting and gathering society) include pottery with distinctive cord impressions. During the Yayoi period (250 BC-AD 250) immigrants from Korea introduced irrigation techniques and bronze and iron implements.