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city, Oita ken (prefecture), Kyushu, Japan, in the centre of the Hita plateau. It grew as a castle town in the late 16th century and is now a market for the rice, wheat, and vegetables produced on the plateau. Forests of Japanese cedar on the surrounding mountains are the basis of the city's lumber industry and its manufacture of geta (wooden clogs) and furniture. The pottery industry still uses 18th-century Korean techniques.