Isesaki, Gunma

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Isesaki
伊勢崎市
Special city
Isesaki city hall
Isesaki city hall
Flag of Isesaki
Flag
Official seal of Isesaki
Seal
Location of Isesaki in Gunma Prefecture
Location of Isesaki in Gunma Prefecture
Isesaki is located in Japan
Isesaki
Isesaki
 
Coordinates: 36°18′40.9″N 139°11′48.5″E / 36.311361°N 139.196806°E / 36.311361; 139.196806Coordinates: 36°18′40.9″N 139°11′48.5″E / 36.311361°N 139.196806°E / 36.311361; 139.196806
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Gunma Prefecture
Area
 • Total 139.44 km2 (53.84 sq mi)
Population (February 2015)
 • Total 208,705
 • Density 1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Pine
- Flower Azalea, Salvia splendens, Chrysanthemum, Narcissus
Phone number 0270-24-5111
Address 2-410 Imaizumi-chō, Isesaki-shi, Gunma-ken 372-8501
Website Official website

Isesaki (伊勢崎市 Isesaki-shi?) is a city located in southern Gunma Prefecture in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of February 2015, the city had an estimated population of 208,705 and a population density of 1500 persons per km². Its total area was 139.44 km².

Geography[edit]

Isesaki is located in the Kantō plains of southern Gunma Prefecture, bordered by Saitama Prefecture to the south. The center of the city is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from central Maebashi, and 95 kilometres (59 mi) from central Tokyo.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Isesaki
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 18.6
(65.5)
22.2
(72)
26.3
(79.3)
31.5
(88.7)
35.1
(95.2)
38.2
(100.8)
39.1
(102.4)
39.8
(103.6)
39.0
(102.2)
32.8
(91)
24.7
(76.5)
25.0
(77)
38.0
(100.4)
Average high °C (°F) 9.4
(48.9)
10.4
(50.7)
13.7
(56.7)
19.4
(66.9)
24.1
(75.4)
27.6
(81.7)
31.1
(88)
32.1
(89.8)
28.1
(82.6)
22.1
(71.8)
16.8
(62.2)
11.8
(53.2)
20.5
(68.9)
Average low °C (°F) −0.6
(30.9)
−0.1
(31.8)
2.8
(37)
8.1
(46.6)
13.6
(56.5)
18.4
(65.1)
22.2
(72)
23.2
(73.8)
19.7
(67.5)
13.4
(56.1)
6.6
(43.9)
1.6
(34.9)
10.7
(51.3)
Record low °C (°F) −6.8
(19.8)
−5.6
(21.9)
−4.2
(24.4)
−0.6
(30.9)
5.6
(42.1)
11.6
(52.9)
16.5
(61.7)
16.9
(62.4)
9.3
(48.7)
3.1
(37.6)
−1.0
(30.2)
−4.9
(23.2)
−11.6
(11.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 32.7
(1.287)
19.7
(0.776)
47.6
(1.874)
78.3
(3.083)
113.3
(4.461)
126.2
(4.969)
203.0
(7.992)
179.7
(7.075)
185.4
(7.299)
144.3
(5.681)
46.4
(1.827)
35.5
(1.398)
1,205.2
(47.449)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 3.3 3.7 7.2 8.8 10.5 11.4 14.8 11.5 11.4 9.5 5.8 3.8 101.7
Mean monthly sunshine hours 208.1 194.8 205.2 201.1 188.3 137.5 144.3 154.7 136.7 152.1 174.2 199.3 2,107.3
Source #1: 気象庁[1]
Source #2: Japan Meteorological Agency[2]

History[edit]

Isesaki developed during the Sengoku period as a castle town surrounding Akaishi Castle, a stronghold in southern Kōzuke Province controlled by the Yura clan. During the Edo period, it was the center of Isesaki Domain, a feudal domain under the Tokugawa shogunate controlled by the Sakai clan. The area also contained two post towns on the Nikkō Reiheishi Kaidō, a subroute to Nikkō Kaidō which connected the Nakasendō directly with Nikkō, bypassing Edo.[3][4]

Modern Isesaki Town was created within Sai District, Gunma Prefecture on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system after the Meiji Restoration. Sai District and Nawa District merged to form Sawa District in 1896. It merged with the villages of Uehasu and Moro to form the city of Isesaki on September 13, 1940. On January 10, 1955 the village of Misato was annexed by Isesaki, followed by the villages of Nawa, Toyouke and Miyagō on March 25 of the same year.

On January 1 2005 the towns of Akabori and Sakai, and village of Azuma were incorporated into Isesaki. On April 1, 2007, Isesaki was proclaimed a special city (tokureishi) with increased autonomy.

Economy[edit]

Isesaki is traditionally famous for silk fabrics (along with neighboring Kiryu). This craft is known as Isesaki Meisen. It has been made since the late 17th century, and became popular during the Meiji and Taishō periods. Now, however, due to the ubiquity of Western-style clothes, its popularity is decreasing.

The automotive equipment and electrical equipment manufacturing company Sanden Corporation is headquartered in Isesaki.[5] Also the city is home to Meisei Electric, a communications and electronics equipment and electric measuring instruments manufacturing company.[6]

It is also the location of J-List, a retailer of anime goods, visual novels and related products from Japan.

Education[edit]

Universities[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • former home of Tajima Yohei
  • grave of Kunisada Chūji
  • Isesaki Jinja
  • Goshiki Onsen

Sister-city relations[edit]

Noted people from Isesaki[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "伊勢崎 年・月ごとの平年値". Japan Meteorological Agency. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "伊勢崎 観測史上1~10位の値". Japan Meteorological Agency. Retrieved May 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ Nikkō Reiheishidō. Mainichi Shinbun. Accessed August 29, 2007.
  4. ^ Old Nakasendo: Kuragano-shuku and Takasaki-shuku. City of Takasaki. Accessed August 29, 2007.
  5. ^ "Sanden Corporation company profile". Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  6. ^ "About Meisei Electric". Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Interactive City Directory". Sister Cities International. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Isesaki, Gunma at Wikimedia Commons