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Kurashiki(ko͞orä`shēkē), city (1990 pop. 414,693), Okayama prefecture, SW Honshu, Japan. A rail junction, the city produces refined petroleum and petrochemicals, motor vehicles, textiles. and nori (a type of seaweed). The city is a center of traditional Japanese arts and crafts, and many older buildings are preserved in the historic district. There is a notable museum of Western art. The Seto-o-hashi bridge across the nearby Inland Sea connects the city to Sakaide on Shikoku.
a city in Japan, in Okayama Prefecture in the south of Honshu Island. Population, 340,000 (1970, census). It is a railroad hub near the shore of the Inland Sea. A major center of the textile, chemical (including petrochemical), and aviation industries, Kurashiki is also the site of ferrous metallurgy, the production of electrical machines, and the printing industry. The Ohara Scientific Research Institute of Agriculture is located near Kurashiki.