I'm trying to say, "I went to Oarai Town in Ibaraki Prefecture last year."


Is there supposed to be a comma or particle (perhaps で) between the city and prefecture? Please let me know if there is a better way to write this sentence.

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    Do they teach you to say 「昨年に」 in Japanese-as-a-foreign-language? I ask because I see that a lot here. It is definitely just 「昨年」 for us native speakers. – l'électeur Jan 12 '16 at 0:11
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    @l'électeur From the textbooks I've seen, I get the impression that students are typically taught "whenever you use a 'time word', always add に as a particle", and only later learn that not using に is often more natural. – senshin Jan 12 '16 at 6:50

I can't comment yet on the site (reputation) but the Japanese addressing system goes from largest to smallest. I would change the order and use の but I'll defer to anyone else with more experience.


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    The の is probably not necessary... I always see it written as Prefecture + City. – Orlando B. Manta Jan 12 '16 at 0:02
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    @OrlandoB.Manta It actually sounds more natural with 「の」 here. In address writing, however, 「の」 is not used. – l'électeur Jan 12 '16 at 0:15
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    Conversationally, I think it is more usual to drop the 県; just 「茨城の大洗」. – Brian Chandler Jan 12 '16 at 4:42

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