Toon & Tōon

People from Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England are known as Geordies, and we Geordies call Newcastle ‘Toon’ which is slang for Town. But did you know that there is an actual place called Toon and it’s in Japan??

Tōon (東温市) is located in the Ehime prefecture of the Shikoku region of Japan and was founded in 2004 after the neighbouring cities of Kawauchi and Shigenobu merged together to form a super city, sort of like the Newcastle-Gateshead relationship but far more official.

Comparing the two cities;

Statistic Tōon, Japan Newcastle, England
Founded 2004 2nd century A.D.
Size 81.64 Square Miles 44 Square Miles
Population 34,470 292,200

So there you have it, if you’re in Tokyo you might be 5784 miles from Newcastle, but you’re never that far from Toon.

Visit Tōon’s official website here


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