Ebino, Miyazaki

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Ebino
えびの市
City
Flag of Ebino
Flag
Location of Ebino in Miyazaki Prefecture
Location of Ebino in Miyazaki Prefecture
Ebino is located in Japan
Ebino
Ebino
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 32°2′N 130°49′E / 32.033°N 130.817°E / 32.033; 130.817Coordinates: 32°2′N 130°49′E / 32.033°N 130.817°E / 32.033; 130.817
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Miyazaki Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Michihiro Miyazaki
Area
 • Total 283.00 km2 (109.27 sq mi)
Population (October 1, 2005)
 • Total 23,079
 • Density 81.55/km2 (211.2/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Kirishima Red Pine
- Flower Calanthe discolor (海老根 Ebine)
Address 1292 Ōaza Kurishita, Ebino-shi, Miyazaki-ken
889-4292
Phone number 0984-35-1111
Website City of Ebino

Ebino (えびの市 Ebino-shi?) is a city located in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan.

Ebino shares borders with Kagoshima Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture and Kobayashi, Miyazaki Prefecture.

As of October 1, 2005, the city has an estimated population of 23,079 and a population density of 81.55 persons per km². The total area is 283.00 km².

History[edit]

The town of Ebino was created through the administrative merging of the towns of Masaki, Kakutō and Īno in 1966. Ebino was designated a city on December 1, 1970.

Environmental Statistics [1][edit]

Geography[edit]

  • Ebino is the 8th physically largest city in Miyazaki Prefecture.
  • Inhabitable land: 8,256 Hectares (1 October 2004)
  • Forestland: 20,044 Hectares (1 February 2005)

Annual Climate Statistics for 2005[edit]

  • Average Temperature: 15.5 C
  • Highest Temperature: 35.9 C
  • Lowest Temperature: 4.8 C
  • Precipitation: 2,155 mm
  • Sunlight: 1,933.1 Hours

Commerce[edit]

Ebino produces a wide range of food products, from shōchū to sweets, tea, honey, mushrooms, chicken and pork. Locally produced crafts include Ebino-yaki pottery and bamboo craftwork, among others.

Access[edit]

Car[edit]

Ebino can be reached via the Kyūshū Expressway as well as national highway routes 221, 268, and 447.

Express Bus[edit]

Ebino is also accessible via express and regular buses.

Train[edit]

The following train lines and stations operate in Ebino.

Education[edit]

Elementary Schools[edit]

  • Ino Elementary
  • Ino Elementary Branch School
  • Okobira Elementary
  • Uwae Elementary
  • Kakutou Elementary
  • Kakutou Elementary Obeno Branch School
  • Masaki Elementary
  • Okamoto Elementary

Junior High Schools[edit]

  • Ino Junior High School
  • Uwae Junior High School
  • Kakuto Junior High School
  • Masaki Junior High School

Senior High Schools[edit]

Colleges[edit]

Major Festivals and Events[edit]

Date Event Location Description
Jan 1st First Sunrise of the Year (初日の出 Hatsuhi No De) Yatake Highlands Belton, Texas Auto Campground (矢岳高原ベルトンオートキャンプ場 Yatake Kōgen Beruton Ōtokyanpu Jō) A high-altitude view of the first sunrise of the year is possible from the Yatake Highlands Belton Auto Campground.
Jan 7th Takehashi Rakashi (竹はしらかし) Various locations throughout the city The sound of green bamboo burning drives away misfortune and participants pray for one year of health and longevity.
January 17th Mokkanjin (餅勧進) Various locations throughout the city Mokkanjin is a tradition to drive misfortune away from people who have turned an unlucky age (厄年 yakudoshi) (usually 42 for men and 33 for women). We pray for good health and a safe, peaceful home. The individual who has turned an unlucky age forms a group of five or six people. They put on makeup and costumes and then tour the neighborhood, barging in on friends and relatives with loud music and dancing. While the tradition is for these friends and relatives to then offer gifts of mochi ) to the group, money or shōchū (焼酎) have become more common recently.
First Saturday in February Kyomachi Two-Day Market (京町二日市 Kyōmachi Futsukaichi) The streets in front of Kyomachi Onsen Station (京町温泉駅 Kyōmachi Onsen Eki) This historic event is the largest market in southern Kyūshū. Approximately 450 shops offering items such as plants, antiques, and specialty products line the streets in front of Kyomachi station. Around 25,000 people come annually for this approximately two kilometers of shopping.
First Saturday in March Ino Garden Market (飯野植木市 Īno Ueki Ichi) Ino Shopping District (飯野町区商店街 Īno Chō Ku Shōtengai) This event is a well-known reminder of spring. Approximately 100 local shops and booths, including 30 gardening tool shops line the streets.
Beginning of March Uchiue Festival (打植祭 Uchiue Matsuri) Katori Shrine (香取神社 Katori Jinjya), Amenomiya Shrine (天宮神社 Amenomiya Jinja) This is an approximately 400-year-old harvest festival. According to legend, the Deity of Women and the Deity of Men meet for a secret date once a year at this time. The festival centers around the performance of a play called Uchiue (打植). In April 2001, this festival was designated by Miyazaki Prefecture as a spiritual and cultural treasure.
March 24 - April 8 Cherry Tree Lighting Yahataoka Park (八幡丘公園 Yahataoka Kōen) Paper lanterns, 2,000 cherry trees, and 200 Camellia japonica (Tsubaki) 椿) flowers are illuminated for evening viewing.
April 15 Kibatto Forest Bamboo Shoot Harvest (きばっど村竹の子狩り Kibatto Mura Take No Ko Gari) Ue Okobira District (上大河平地区 Ue Okobira Chiku) This event was revived by the Ue Okobira District community revitalization volunteer group, Kibatto Mura (きばっと村 Kibatto Mura).
April 8 Mount Karakuni (韓国岳 Karakuni Dake) Climbing Season Opener Ebino Highlands Mount Karakuni Climb Start Point (えびの高原韓国岳登山口 Ebino Kōgen Karakuni Dake Tozan Guchi) Prayers are spoken for a safe mountain climbing season.
April 22 Kyomachi Onsen Fun Run (京町温泉マラソン大会 Kyōmachi Onsen Marason Taikai) Kyomachi Onsen Village (京町温泉郷 Kyōmachi Onsen Kyō)
May 4 Kizakipara Battle Memorial (木崎原古戦場供養祭 Kizakipara Kosenjō Kuyō Matsuri) Ikejima District (池島地区 Ikejima Chiku) This festival is a memorial for the soldiers of the Shimadu (島津) and Satsuma (伊藤) clans who died at Kizakipara. Kizakipara is considered by some to have been the unifying battle of Kyūshū.
May 8 Battokannon Festival (馬頭観音祭 Battōkannon Matsuri) Yahataoka Park (八幡丘公園 Yahataoka Kōen) (and other locations) In this festival, residents express gratitude to their livestock and pray for their health. The origin of this festival, Battokannon, is located in Rokkannon Oike (六観音御池).
Mid-July Kyomachi Onsen Summer Festival (京町温泉夏祭り Kyōmachi Onsen Natsu Matsuri) Kawauchi River Kyomachi Riverbed (川内川京町河川敷 Kawauchi Gawa Kyōmachi Kasenshiki) Fireworks Festival
July 28 Cow Jumping Festival (牛越祭 Ushigoe Matsuri) Nishigawakita District (西川北区 Nishigawakita Ku) Sugawara Shrine (菅原神社 Sugahwara Jinja) Grounds Gratitude is expressed for the health of livestock in this rare celebration. With over 300 years of tradition, this festival has become a cherished spiritual and cultural symbol of Miyazaki Prefecture. During this festival, cows are encouraged to leap over a log raised above the ground. Participants pray that the gods will notice this display of energy and health and protect their livestock.
Beginning of August Taiko (太鼓 Taiko) Festival Ebino International Center (えびの市国際交流センター Ebino Shi Kokusai Kōryū Sentā) Taiko drumming teams from Ebino and beyond come together to compete.
August 26 Odaiko Odori (大太鼓踊り Ōdaiko Odori) Nishi Nagaeura District (西長江浦地区 Nishi Nagaeura Chiku) Suwa Jinja (諏訪神社 Suwajinja) Also known as the Ubaccho (ウバッチョ Ubaccho) or 大ばち dance. This festival is about 420 years old. Performers carry and play taiko drums 120 cm across while dancing.
September 23 Shiratori Sight-Seeing Festival (白鳥観光祭 Shiratori Kankō Matsuri) Shiratori Shrine Grounds (白鳥神社境内 Shiratori Jinja Keidai) Approximately 400 elementary and junior high school students from through the Nishimorokata Region (西諸県郡 Nishimoro Katagun). gather for a kendo tournament.
September 23 Kanamatsu Hōnen Festival (金松法然祭 Kanamatsu Hōnen Sai) Kurishita District (栗下地区 Kurishita Chiku) Plaza
September 30 International Festival (国際交流フェスティバル Kokusai Kōryū Fuesuteibaru) International Center Outdoor Stage (国際交流センター野外ステージ Kokusai Kōryū Sentā Yagai Sutēji) A tug-of-war competition as well as a variety of shops are the main attractions in this event
End of October Ebino Autumn Festival (えびの秋季観光際 Ebino Shuki Kankō Sai) Green Park Ebino Blooming cosmos, paragliding, canoeing, local shops, fishing, and musical performances are part of this festival.
Beginning of December Ice Skating Opener Ebino Highlands Ice Skating Rink (えびの高原アイススケート場 Ebino Kōgen Aisusukēto Jō) Season opening of Japan's southernmost outdoor ice rink.
Mid-December Illumination Ino Intersection (飯野交差点 Īno Kōsaten)

Facilities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 市の統計 /えびの市役所

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