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Inaba (稲羽 [いなば], Inaba) is a rural town and the central area in which Persona 4 takes place. It is where Yu Narukami moves to when his parents went to work overseas, leaving him in the care of his maternal uncle. Not long after settling into Inaba, strange murders began to happen that took the usually quiet town by storm.

According to an old man who often stands near the Tatsuhime Shrine, Inaba's history began as a coal mining town. The influx of miners was the reason why Inaba managed to develop into the kind of town it is today. It may be traveled to by train stopping at the Yasoinaba train station, preceding stations being Higashi Inaba and Hibari. The closest city to Inaba is Okina City, where the protagonist and his friends occasionally travel to.

Key LocationsEdit

The local high school where the protagonist and his newfound friends attend. Attendance is mandatory on weekday mornings, and is explorable after school.

The shopping complex whose food court is where the protagonist's investigation team assembles, calling it their "Special Headquarters." This is also where they enter the Midnight Channel, via the large TV in the Junes electronics section. Accessible during weekdays after school, and on weekend afternoons.

The street where most of Inaba's family businesses are located, but the majority of the shops are closed, due to the overwhelming success of Junes. Accessible on weekdays after school, and on weekend afternoons.

The main path to reach Yasogami High School, whose river bed is where the protagonist can fish. Accessible on weekdays after school, and on weekend afternoons and evenings.

The protagonist's temporary home in the town. When he returns here, time passes automatically to evening.

Added in Persona 4 Golden, the protagonist and his friends spend their summer vacation here. It is a location fairly far from Inaba, and can only be accessed via scooter.

TriviaEdit

  • Persona 3 Portable's storyline for the Female Protagonist includes an event which involves the Gekkoukan High Sports Club (depending on the player's choice of joining Tennis or Volleyball earlier in the game) going to Inaba to train alongside the Yasoinaba High School's Sports Club. The event references and foreshadows a few events leading to Persona 4, including the cameo of a middle-school aged Yukiko Amagi.
  • The town's name is a reference to the legend The White Rabbit of Inaba. However, the demon Hare of Inaba itself does not appear in the game. It might also possibly be a reference to one of the characters in Megami Ibunroku Persona and its remake Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, Masao Inaba.
  • Inaba is based off the Japanese city of Fuefuki  (笛吹市 [ふえふきし], Fuefuki-shi), in the Yamanashi perfecture. 
  • The Yasoinaba Station is based on real-life Isawa Onsen Station.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://blog.livedoor.jp/kinisoku/archives/3520580.html


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