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A part of the ancient Mutsu Province, Ishinomaki sits on Japan's Honshu mainland. Home to the incredible Mangattan Museum dedicated to the work of manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori, your jaw will drop to your knees when you see this fantastic spaceship-shaped building. The modern city was founded in 1933 and has a population of about 146,993 souls. Traditionally a hub for commercial fishing, especially those slippery suckers, oysters, Ishinomaki is home to the Ishinomaki Senshu University plus numerous other educational facilities. From being fought over by numerous samurai clans to being regionally famous for its inkstones, the city was formerly a base for several ships in Japan's whaling fleet. Today it is home to coworking venues that have become the de rigueur hangout for its tech savvy youth who no longer fear the stigma of failure.
Japanese startups tend to focus on the domestic market due to the language barrier, which is actually the world's 3rd biggest market. Foreign competitors have trouble attempting to infiltrate the Japanese market, as it is relatively closed off to outsiders. This gives the locals an advantage and the impetus to stay on their own home-turf with many getting into health care, agritech Internet of Things, enterprise software and artificial intelligence.
From indulging in the odd drop of sake, slurping on noodles or checking out a replica of a 17th Century Japanese galleon, Ishinomaki is a town where you can still get your work done at one of the coworking enclaves before chatting to some wild deer on Kinkasan Island.
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