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Kurume, Fukuoka

Full name久留米市 · Kurume
Official name久留米市 · Kurume
Settlement typeCore city
MayorToshinori Narahara (since February 2010)
Total Area88.7 sq mi (229.84 km2)
Total Population303277 (February 1, 2010)
Density (pop.)1319.51/km2 (3417.5/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneJapan Standard Time (UTC+9)

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|} is a city located in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan.

The city has an estimated population of 303,277 and a population density of 1,319.51 persons per km2. The total area is 229.84 km2.

The city was founded on April 1, 1889.

Famous people from Kurume include: the family of the Bridgestone Tire Corporation (Shojiro Ishibashi), George Shima (the "Potato King" of California), the pop group Checkers, the singer and actress Seiko Matsuda, anime creator Leiji Matsumoto, the television celebrity, Rena Tanaka, actor Ryo Ishibashi and the late Izumi Sakai of Zard. The Bridgestone Tire Corporation has its origins in Kurume as traditional footwear manufacturers, producing the sock-like shoe (tabi), used by farmers. They found that by coating the bottom of tabi with rubber, farmers could be protected from the invasion of parasitic worms that live in rice paddies.

Famous traditional products of Kurume are the kasuri (絣), roughly woven indigo dyed cloth; pork soup (tonkotsu) ramen noodles; and trays and bowls made from rantai shikki (籃胎漆器), a composite made from lacquered bamboo.

In 2010 Kurume is planning to host the International Camellia Conference.

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