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The History of Okayama

1597 (Keicho 2)
Okayama Castle Donjon (main tower) completed.

1700 (Genroku 13)
Korakuen Garden completed.

1889 (Meiji 22)
Given city status.

1945 (Showa 20)
Air raid on Okayama City.

1957 (Showa 32)
Establishment of a sister city relationship with San Jose, U.S.A.

1962 (Showa 37)
The 17th Kokutai (National Sports Competition).

1966 (Showa 41)
Okayama Castle Donjon reconstructed.

1968 (Showa 43)
Okayama City Hall completed.

1969 (Showa 44)
Establishment of a sister city relationship with San Jose, Costa Rica.
Incorporation of Saidaiji City.

1971 (Showa 46)
Incorporation of the towns of Ichinomiya, Tsudaka, Takamatsu, Kibi, Senou, Fukuda, Joudou, Ashimori and the village of Koujyo.

1972 (Showa 47)
Sanyo Shinkansen (bullet train line) between Shin-Osaka and Okayama opened.
Establishment of a sister city relationship with Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

1975 (Showa 50)
Incorporation of the village of Fujita.

1976 (Showa 51)
Nishigawa Canal Walk completed.

1979 (Showa 54)
Okayama Orient Museum completed.

1981 (Showa 56)
Establishment of a sister city relationship with Luoyang, China.

1985 (Showa 60)
Adoption of the Peace City Declaration by Okayama City Council.

1988 (Showa 63)
Okayama Airport opened. Seto Ohashi Bridge completed.

1989 (Heisei 1)
Centenary of the organization of Okayama City.

1991 (Heisei 3)
Okayama Symphony Hall opened.

1993 (Heisei 5)
Okayama Fureai Center and Sanyo Expressway opened.

1994 (Heisei 6)
Transition to a Health Center City.

1996 (Heisei 8)
Transition to a Core City.

1997 (Heisei 9)
400th anniversary of Okayama Castle.
Trans-Chugoku Expressway between Okayama and Yonago opened.

1998 (Heisei 10)
Health and Welfare Center opened.

2000 (Heisei 12)
300th anniversary of Korakuen Garden.

2001 (Heisei 13)
Mamakari Forum Okayama opened.

2002 (Heisei 14)
Okayama City Hall Annex completed.
Establishment of an international friendship city relationship with Bucheon, Korea.

2003 (Heisei 15)
Okayama Dome opened.
Establishment of an international friendship city relationship with Hsin-Chu, Taiwan.

2005 (Heisei 17)
Incorporation of the towns of Mitsu and Nadasaki.
Okayama Digital Museum opened.
60th Kokutai (National Sports Competition) and 5th Kokutai (National Sports Competition) for the Disabled.

2007 (Heisei 19)
Incorporation of the towns of Takebe and Seto.
Passage of a written statement concerning the realization of a government-designated city by Okayama City Council.
Conclusion of the prefectural and municipal fundamental agreement for the transition to a government-designated city.

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