About Yamaguchi Prefecture
This location has led to it's being the gateway to Korean Peninsula and China, which had strong influence on ancient Japan. In the medieval times, the Ouchi clan dominated the region and constructed Yamaguchi City, (which is the origin of the current prefectural name,) with a background of financial power gained through trade between Japan and the Ming Dynasty in China.
The Ouchi clan built the elegant five-story pagoda in Yamaguchi City.
In the Edo period, the Mori Clan ruled the region, and their retainers played important roles in Meiji Restoration, which led samurais' Japan to highly modernized and industrialized society. People in Yamaguchi still feel proud of the Restoration and many of them like to argue about Japan's political issues even now.
The Kikkawa Clan, the branch family of the Mori Clan built the magnificent five arch wooden bridge Kintaikyo in Iwakuni.
Nowadays, situated between the two big cities Hiroshima and Fukuoka, Yamaguchi is rather unnoticeable place. But if you go around and take a close look, you will discover traces of Japanese history in well-preserved quiet towns like Hagi.
There are also scenic rural areas in Yamaguchi. Ii (pronounced like the alphabet "E") district above is only one example among many.
To get more information about Yamaguchi Prefecture, see Yamaguchi travel guide by Prefecture Tourism Division