Kawashiro is a Lunar colony, established by Japan, which signed the Space Colonisation Treaty back in 1990. Their main religion is Shinto.
The name Kawashiro translates to "River City". It was chosen in 2004. Other proposed names included: New Kyoto and Toyotomi (though, Toyotomi was used as the capital name for the colony).
It has 9 (now 13) prefectures (県 in Japanese). They are as follows:
In 2009, Japan decided to expand the colony a bit more to make room for new travellers. New prefectures as follows: