Toba is a city in Mie, Japan. Toba is the site of the Toba Aquarium, which houses such animals as dugongs, African manatees, porpoises, and a wide-variety of aquatic life. Toba is the hometown of Mikimoto Kkichi, who developed a method to cultivate pearls, and Tokuhichi Mishima, who invented MKM steel. Kokichi Mikimoto's Memorial Hall is also located in Toba. It is known as Mikimoto Pearl Island. The city was founded on November 1, 1954.