Asahi, Chiba

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Asahi
旭市
City
Flag of Asahi
Flag
Official seal of Asahi
Seal
Location of Asahi in Chiba Prefecture
Location of Asahi in Chiba Prefecture
Asahi is located in Japan
Asahi
Asahi
 
Coordinates: 35°43′N 140°39′E / 35.717°N 140.650°E / 35.717; 140.650Coordinates: 35°43′N 140°39′E / 35.717°N 140.650°E / 35.717; 140.650
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Chiba Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Tadanao Akechi
Area
 • Total 129.91 km2 (50.16 sq mi)
Population (April 2012)
 • Total 68,265
 • Density 525/km2 (1,360/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
-Tree Japanese Black Pine
- Flower hydrangea
Phone number 0479-62-1212
Address 1920 Banchi, Asahi-shi, Chiba-ken 289-2595
Website Asahi City
Asahi City Hall

Asahi (旭市 Asahi-shi?) is a city located in northern Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

As of April 2012, the city has an estimated population of 68,265 and a population density of 525 persons per km². The total area is 129.91 km².

Geography[edit]

Asahi is located in far northeastern Chiba Prefecture, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the southeast.

Climate[edit]

Asahi has a mild climate. The average yearly temperature is 15 degrees Celsius. In 2007, Asahi received 1744.5 mm of precipitation.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

Humans have lived in the Asahi area for at least 25,000 years. Clans gave way to a central power during the Taika Reform in 645 A.D. The Chiba clan, or branches of it, ruled the entire Shimōsa region for about 400 years from the Kamakura period. During the Sengoku period, the Chiba clan gained the protection of such powerful clans as the Odawara Hōjō clan, allowing them to get a stronger foothold of power over the area. They lost control when the Hōjō clan was overthrown in 1590 by Hideyoshi Toyotomi. After that, General Kiso Yoshimasa settled in the region. He restored the Ajito Castle, which was the inspiration for the name "Asahi." As the governor of the region, he became a popular and respected politician. When poet Nonoguchi Takamasa visited the area in 1852, he wrote a poem about the general, from which the name "Asahi," which can mean "rising sun," was taken.

"from Shinano / adoring the rising sun / he came to the eastern land / and there remains the evidence of his earthly life"

In the Edo Period, various agricultural changes in the region occurred. The first was the reclamation of the "Sea of Camellias," a vast lake, which was drained into the Pacific Ocean to create the fertile Higata Hachiman-goku. The second was spurred on by the arrival of Ohara Yugaku in 1835. Ohara was an agricultural revolutionary who helped to revive agriculture in the area. During this same time, while Iioka Sukegoro was helping to develop the fishing industry, fishermen from the Kansai region moved to the area to take advantage of the bountiful fishing grounds available.[1]

The city of Asahi was founded on July 1, 1954.

On July 1, 2005, Asahi absorbed the town of Hikata (from Katori District), and the towns of Iioka and Unakami (both from Kaijo District) to create the new and expanded city of Asahi.

The city was damaged during the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Around 15 people were killed, 2,265 buildings were damaged, with 427 buildings destroyed, 716 people were left homeless, and heavy damage was done to the town's port and fishing boat fleet.[2]

Transportation[edit]

Railways[edit]

The Shiosai Limited Express service stops at Asahi and Iioka stations.

Highways[edit]

City Landmarks[edit]

Iioka Gyobu Misaki Observatory and Lighthouse

Administered by Chiba Prefecture[edit]

  • Chiba East Prefectural Library
  • General Sports Center, Toso Stadium
  • Iioka Gyobu Misaki Observatory and Lighthouse
  • Toso Culture Center

Administered by Asahi City[edit]

  • Asahi Chuo Hospital
  • Asahi City Public Library
  • Asahi Sports-no-Mori Park
  • Asahi Park Golf Course
  • Fukuro Park
  • Iioka swimming area
  • Manzai Nature Park
  • Ohara Yugaku Memorial Hall and Historical Park
  • Taki-no-Sato Nature Park
  • Unakami Community Athletic Park
    Ryufukuji Temple
  • Unakami Camp Park
  • Yasashigaura swimming area (nicknamed "The Mecca of Surfing"[3])

Temples and Shrines[edit]

Other[edit]

Education[edit]

High Schools[edit]

  • Chiba Prefecture, Asahi City Agricultural High School
  • Chiba Prefecture, Toso Technological High School

Junior High Schools[edit]

  • Asahi City First Public Junior High School
  • Asahi City Second Public Junior High School
  • Hikata Public Junior High School
  • Iioka Public Junior High School
  • Unakami Public Junior High School

Elementary Schools[edit]

  • Chuo Public Elementary School
  • Chuwa Public Elementary School
  • Higata Public Elementary School
  • Iioka Public Elementary School
  • Kojo Public Elementary School
  • Kotoda Public Elementary School
  • Kyowa Public Elementary School
  • Manzai Public Elementary School
  • Omei Public Elementary School
  • Sangawa Public Elementary School
  • Takisato Public Elementary School
  • Tomiura Public Elementary School
  • Toyohata Public Elementary School
  • Tsurumaki Public Elementary School
  • Yasashi Public Elementary School

Agriculture[edit]

Asahi City's agricultural output is ranked first in Chiba Prefecture and ninth in Japan. The city's location on the coast of the Boso Peninsula gives it easy access to abundant fishing grounds created by the intersection of the Japan Current and the Okhotsk Current. Iioka fishing port has the second highest volume of fish unloaded in Chiba Prefecture.[4]

A field of Asahi rapeseed flowers

Flowers[edit]

Fruits, Vegetables, and Grains[edit]

Seafood and Meat[edit]

Events[edit]

Annual[edit]

  • Iioka Shiosai Marathon – first Sunday of February
  • Fukuro Park Cherry Blossom Festival - April 1 - May 5
  • Asahi Iioka Port / Seafood Festival - end of May
  • Iioka Fireworks Festival – last Saturday of July
  • Iioka "YOU You" Festival – last Saturday and Sunday of July
  • Summer Fest at Yasashigaura - beginning of August
  • Citizens' Tanabata Festival – August 6 and 7
  • Asahi Beach Sand Sculpture displays
  • Hebizono-deshimizu Cosmos Festival - beginning of October
  • Ikiiki Asahi Citizens' Festival - middle of October
  • Hikata Furusato Festival - middle of November
  • Unakami Industry Festival - end of November

Other[edit]

  • 2010 National Sports Festival of Japan Table Tennis tournament (Held at Sports-no-Mori Park from September 30 to October 4)
  • Goshinkosai Festival at Kumano Shrine (held every 12 years)
  • Goshinkosai Festival at Dairi Shrine (held every 33 years)
  • Miroku-sanbaso procession of Kurahashi (held every 20 years)

Sister and Friendship Cities[edit]

Mascots[edit]

Asahi City uses characters from Tetsuya Chiba's manga works as official mascots, including Mukai Taiyo from "Ashita Tenki ni Naare" as the mascot of Asahi Park Golf Course.[7] Framed art and messages from Tetsuya Chiba can be seen in many public buildings. Tetsuya Chiba lived in Asahi (then Iioka-machi) during his childhood.[8]

Noted people from Asahi[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]