Komoro, Nagano

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Komoro
小諸市
City
Flag of Komoro
Flag
Location of Komoro in Nagano Prefecture
Location of Komoro in Nagano Prefecture
Komoro is located in Japan
Komoro
Komoro
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°19′26″N 138°25′45″E / 36.32389°N 138.42917°E / 36.32389; 138.42917Coordinates: 36°19′26″N 138°25′45″E / 36.32389°N 138.42917°E / 36.32389; 138.42917
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu)
Prefecture Nagano Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Tsutomu Serizawa (since April 2004)
Area
 • Total 98.66 km2 (38.09 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2011)
 • Total 44,270
 • Density 448.71/km2 (1,162.2/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Prunus mume
- Flower Viola
Address 3-3-3 Aioi-chō, Komoro-shi, Nagano-ken
384-8501
Phone number 0267-22-1700
Website www.city.komoro.nagano.jp

Komoro (小諸市 Komoro-shi?) is a city located in Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

As of May 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 44,270 and a population density of 448.71 persons per km². The total area is 98.66 km².

History[edit]

  • February 1, 1954 - Komoro absorbed the villages of Kawanabe, Kitaoi and Osato (all from Kitasaku District).
  • April 1, 1954 - Komoro was elevated city status after absorbing the villages of Minamioi and Mioka (both from Kitasaku District).
  • April 1, 1959 - Parts of the town of Tobu (now part of the city of Tomi) was merged into Komoro and the city has been unchanged since.

Education[edit]

High schools[edit]

  • Komoro-shogyo High School
  • Komoro High School

Junior high schools[edit]

  • Ashihara Junior high school
  • Komoro-higashi Junior high school

Sightseeing[edit]

  • Kaikoen, a park in the center of Komoro containing the foundations of Komoro Castle as well as a museum dedicated to Shimazaki Toson (see below) and a zoo.
  • Nunobikki, a temple dating from 1252 located at the top of a ravine. About a 5 minute drive outside of town, walking is possible if you know where to go.
  • Mountain hiking in Takamine, close to the active volcano Mt Asama, about a 30 minute drive uphill from Komoro.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Shimazaki Toson, poet and writer. Toson spent a period teaching in Komoro, and is featured in a dedicated museum located within Komoro's Kaikoen park.
  • Sodo Yokoyama, a leaf-flute Zen Master who lived as a hermit in Komoro's Kaikoen Park until 1980. Yokoyama was inspired by an earlier resident of Komoro, the poet and writer Shimazaki Toson. See Arthur Braverman's excellent article for some personal recollections of Yokoyama.
  • Tsuchiya, Keiichi, Japanese race car driver & D1 pioneer[1]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Komoro is twinned with:[citation needed]

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