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The origin of the place name of Nagai is a “place where water gathers.” The city is embraced by the abundant greenery of the mountains found in all directions, and the clear waters of the Mogami River, one of the representative rivers of Japan, flow through it as they quench the thirst of the fields and paddies. In the Edo period (1603-1868), the area prospered as a merchant town as a result of ship transport on the Mogami River, and there were cultural exchanges with Kyoto, giving birth to a climate with a love for the arts and culture. And, it is a city where a combination of colorful flowers can be enjoyed throughout the four seasons, beginning in the spring with Sakura cherry blossoms, followed by white azaleas, irises and other flowers.