from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of southern Honshu, Japan, south-southwest of Osaka on the Inland Sea. It is a railroad hub and a manufacturing center. Population: 374,000.

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  • proper n. A prefecture in Japan.
  • proper n. A city, capital of Wakayama prefecture, Japan.


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  • Most of the dead were in Wakayama prefecture state, said local official Seiji Yamamoto.

    Killer typhoon brings more misery to Japan

  • Prime Minister's office/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Japan's Noda, shown earlier this month inspecting a flooded area in Wakayama prefecture from a helicopter.

    Japanese Premier Pushes Nuclear-Plant Restarts

  • Wakayama official Seiji Yamamoto said 17 were killed there and another 28 missing.

    Japan: Typhoon Talas Kills At Least 20

  • Koichi Kamoshida/EPA Japan's self defense forces members Tuesday searched for missing people amongst the rubble caused by floods after a large typhoon and heavy rain hit Nachikatsuura, Wakayama prefecture, western Japan.

    Asia in Pictures

  • This fascinating private home was built near Wakayama city, in Wakaura bay, Japan by Archivi Architects & Associates of Osaka.

    Rooftecture in Japan

  • During a steady snowfall, a firefighter from Wakayama prefecture wearing a face mask, head lamp and white helmet jams a long metal bar and lifted the vending machine.

    Search Effort Begins in Flattened Fishing Village

  • Also, if you like ZATOICHI (and chambara films in general), should check out the movies series by Katsu Shintaro's brother Wakayama Tomisaburo: LONE WOLF AND CUB, an inspiration for the graphic novel on which the Tom Hanks movie ROAD TO PERDITION was based.

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  • Working through one mound, a firefighter from Wakayama Prefecture jammed a long metal bar and lifted a vending machine.

    A Long, Painful Reckoning

  • Sabu, born Hiroyuki Tanaka 46 years ago in Wakayama, gets his first American retrospective as Japan Society fetes the director with a six-film survey.

    Characters Attack

  • Hiroshi Kanatani, a fish monger in Wakayama in western Japan, believes the only way to recapture customers is to eliminate all "the inconveniences associated with fish," meaning the work of cleaning and boning them.

    The Land That Brought You Raw Fish Is Saying No to Seafood


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