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The town of Morioh is a fictional community located within Japan's M Prefecture in the city of S, and the setting of Part IV: Diamond is Unbreakable.

While the population of Morioh is small and relatively peaceful, living there before the introduction of the Bow and Arrow are several Stand users; among them Josuke Higashikata and the villainous Yoshikage Kira. After the Nijimura brothers take the Bow and Arrow, activity in the town takes a spike.

In the manga, at the conclusion of a significant battle, its site is named a place of importance, contributing to the town's legend.

Morioh itself has a counterpart in the SBR universe, also named Morioh.

BackstoryEdit

The information below derives from the Light Novel The Book: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure 4th Another Day, which was not written by Araki. As such, it may or may not be considered canon.

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Higashikata House
Morioh is a suburb of S City. Even though it quickly developed during the 1980's, it was inhabited even in the ancient days of the samurai. It had many martial arts training grounds and vacation homes , where its summer attractions may have come from.

Even now, there are still many villas of samurais left. Not much earlier Morioh had been just a rural town where you could find only rice and vegetable fields. The country town was run mostly by agriculture business, as a result people in there had hard and cracked hands. They often needed to check on the water in the paddy fields in the middle of the night. There was at least one area in the Northeast famous for a old summer retreat.

Morioh eventually undergone a transformation. In an age where places all over Japan were getting better. M Prefecture's government officials decided to invest money in Morioh to develop it, as its population was quickly increasing with workers from the adjacent S City. The streets were repaired, shoppings and markets were build and pretty houses were lined up on the land that used to be rice fields. Power lines and telephone poles that harmed the views disappeared or were abandoned (including what would later be bound to the stand Super Fly).

With the development of town much of the people came back to live in Morioh, between them was Akari Hirai.

S CityEdit

Even though S City is mentioned multiple times in the manga, the information below derives from the Light Novel The Book: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure 4th Another Day, which was not written by Araki. As such, it may or may not be considered canon.

S City of M Prefecture is a city adjacent to Morioh. It was undergoing lots of forays to new enterprises. People working there were seeking to take residence and came to Morioh, quickly expanding the town's population.

S City was much more modern than Morioh, people often compared life in there with the ones seen on TV dramas. Some people that didn't want a rural life or take a modern job went in there after graduating in high school in search of a job, but market was competitive. It is a reference to the city of Sendai, Miyagi prefecture.

Summer AttractionsEdit

Every year on July 1st, rivers and beaches open up to the public in Morioh. Because of this, the date range from July to August is the season for travelling and tourism. 70% to 80% of the total tourism revenue of Morioh is brought in during this time. The number of domestic and international visitors coming from the Tokyo area or S city nearly doubles the population.

Popular Activities include Vacation Resorts, golfing, camping, fishing, picnicking, yachting, windsurfing, tasting local seafood and traditional Japanese products, and visiting the mysterious underwater palace. All are main attractions that ensure a good time in Morioh over the summer.

Morioh LandmarksEdit

Angelorock

Angelo, now a town landmark.

Angelo RockEdit

The Stone of Angelo. A famous landmark. It was created when Josuke pummeled a rock and Anjuro "Angelo" Katagiri and integrated them together during the healing process. Despite it's scary and grim looking appearence, it is suprisingly familiar with the townspeople and has gained popularity as a meeting point for lovers. People say they can hear the rock growl "Agios" at times.[1]

Directions: Take the bus in Morioh, go towards the direction of Jouzenji road. get off at the third stop and walk for one minute.

Budo-ga Oka Middle & High SchoolEdit

Indicated on the map on the cover page of Chapter 303, "Budo-ga Oka Middle & High School" appears to name the middle/high school that Josuke, Koichi, Okuyasu, Keicho, Toshikazu, Yukako, Shigechi, Mikitaka and Yuya all attend (based on circumstances in the story and similarities between their uniforms).

BoingBoingCape

Cliff overlooking water with spiked rocks.

Boing-Boing CapeEdit

A fisherman started the rumor when he saw Yukako falling from the cliff and Koichi using Echoes Act 2, to place a bounce sound on the spiked rock at the bottom. It was assumed to be a girl who was trying to commit suicide by jumping off the cliff and miraculously bounced back up. The local fishermen all pray for good luck to this particular rock, calling it a 'sacred spot'. Many also believe that there is a god of the sea at work. If you ask any local fisherman where 'Boing-Boing Cape' is. They'll gladly point it out to you.[2]

Rohan House

Rohan's house.

Rohan Kishibe's HouseEdit

Residence of famous manga artist, Rohan Kishibe. Total Area: 3.4 Acres (340 SQ. M) The house features a living room, dining room, kitchen, and attic, plus seven other rooms. The house was rebuilt due to a fire with repair costs exceeding 7 million.

Directions: Don't bother. He'll pretend to be out anyways.[3]

Reimi house

Reimi's house

Ghost girl's AlleyEdit

Ghost alley

Entrance to the ghost alley

The alley is where Reimi Sugimoto and her dog Arnold's spirits resided. It is also the border between the world of the living and the afterlife, essentially a purgatory. To get there: take the number 11 bus from Morioh station, get off at the Kokodai shopping district, and search near the side of the Owson grocery, 2nd block. Most people can't see the hidden path, but if you have enough supernatural presence you can enter it. The area inside is a maze, but can easily be escaped if given directions. There is only one rule, however, and that is never to look back, or else hundreds of hands will drag you into the afterlife.
Metal Tower

The Tower

Man Living in TowerEdit

On an abandoned telephone tower lives a man by the name of Toyohiro Kanedaichi. He bought the metal tower 3 years ago for $100,000 and has not touched the ground since. He lives a life of complete self-sufficiency, but is missing things such as salt and sweets. He'll let you take pictures if you give him food and spices.[4]

Other PlacesEdit

Trussardi Italian RestaurantEdit

Trussardi
Trussardi is a recently established Italian resaturant owned and managed by Tonio Trussardi. As he is the only employee there, the restaurant only features two tables, each having around 2-3 chairs. Trussardi's is unique in that customers do not choose their meals. Instead of a menu, Tonio will simply look the customer down and determine their meal based on certain problems pertaining to the customers health. From this, he is able to create certain foods, using his stand, Pearl Jam, to appeal to each of the customer's problems. (EX: A simple dish of Tomatoes and Mozerella cured Okuyasu of his stiff shoulder.) The restaurant uses only the finest Italian ingredients in its meals.

Examples of DishesEdit

  • Mozzarella and Tomato Salad
    Tomato and Mozzarella

    Tomato and Mozzarella

Ingredients: Mozzarella cheese (4 Thin Slices), Tomatoes (5 thing slices), Tonio's Special Dressing (Anchovy Fillet (1), Seaweed, Olive Oil, White Wine Vinegar, Lemon juice, Salt, Pepper, A bit of Basilico (flakes), a piece of toast, lettuce (as a side).)

  • Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca

Ingredients: Spaghetti, Seedless Black Olives, Olive Oil, Garlic, Small tomatoes, Hot Pepper, Anchovy Fillet (1), Parsley, Salt, Pepper, Parmesan Cheese.

The Beauty Salon CinderellaEdit

Cinderella Salon

Cinderella Salon

The salon's motto is "Using Make-Up For Finding Love." The manager and chief beautician is Aya Tsuji, a stand user who has the ability to switch out certain parts of the physical appearance. Unlike other salons, the establishment is different in that it uses a technique called Physiognomy, where, depending on the exact shape of your face, your fortune changes accordingly. Basically, by changing the customer's face, the fate of the customer is changed as well. To determine the finished product, the salon uses high-tech computer generated images.

Prices:

Style Cost (In USD)
To find love 16400 ¥ $160
To capture love 24700 ¥ $240
To be proposed to 32900 ¥ $320
To make him submit 49400 ¥ $490
To marry into money 82300 ¥ $810
To marry a celebrity 115000 ¥ $1135

The salon is located two minutes from Morioh Station. Closed on Thursdays.

Twin Forests TunnelEdit

Twin Forests Tunnel

Twin Forests Tunnel

Completed in Kaei 5 (1852), the tunnel is used for vehicular road traffic coming from the north into South Morioh. On the front of tunnel, the Morioh Logo is visible. It is located on the outskirts of Morioh, next to Trussardi's and the cemetery. One must pass the tunnel if they were traveling from Morioh High School to downtown Morioh. Morioh resident, Josuke Higashikata, passes through this tunnel when taking the bus going home from school.

It was renovated in Show 58 (1983), and has an approximate length of 450 meters. At some point in time, the tunnel had a secret side room only visible to stand users. The room was created by Yuuya Fungami's stand Highway Star, and was used to lure other stand users where he could kill them.

MapEdit

Cropped map of Morioh presented as the cover page of Chapter 303.

Map of Morioh

ResidentsEdit

Video GamesEdit

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Yoshikage Kira's residence and the street location of the last battle serve as the two stages representing Part IV in All Star Battle.


TriviaEdit

  • The "town's flower" is the Adonis; and its speciality is Miso-flavored Beef Tongue.[5]
  • The town is actually based on Hirohiko Araki's hometown, Sendai. He states that Sendai was an old historical town, but began residential construction in the 80's, causing new houses to be built everywhere. Intimidated by the rapid increase in strangers, Araki used this experience for the basis of the setting in Part 4. However, Araki felt using the real name of the city in his manga may anger people, so he changed the name to Morioh.[6] Morioh is instead a town within S City in M Prefecture, still referencing the real life city of Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture.
  • Due to a Japanese-to-Chinese-to-English translation error in the first released online scans of Part IV, "Morioh" was incorrectly translated as Duwang; this name eventually becoming synonymous with the scanlation.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Chapter: 321 Josuke Higashikata! Meets Angelo (4)
  2. Chapter: 302 Yukako Yamagishi is in Love (9)
  3. Chapter: 324 Let's Go Play at the Mangaka's House! (7)
  4. Chapter: 333 Rohan Kishibe's Adventure (4)
  5. The Nijimura Brothers (1)
  6. Hirohiko Araki Lecture

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