Narumi-juku on the Tokaido road in Midori-ku
Location of Midori-ku in Nagoya
|• Total||37.84 km2 (14.61 sq mi)|
|Population (November 2011)|
|• Density||6,130/km2 (15,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Maple |
|- Flower||Gymnaster savatieri|
|Address||2-15 Aoyama, Midori-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken 458-8585|
Midori-ku (緑区 Midori-ku?) is one of the 16 wards of the city of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. As of 2011, the ward had an estimated population of 232,031 and a population density of 6,130 persons per km². The total area was 37.84 km². It is the largest of the wards of Nagoya in terms of population.
Midori Ward is the southeast portion of the city of Nagoya.
The area of what is now Midori Ward was the site of the Battle of Okehazama during the Sengoku period, between the forces of Oda Nobunaga and Imagawa clan. All of what is now Midori Ward was part of the holdings of Owari Domain during the Edo period. The Tōkaidō post town of Narumi-juku prospered under the Tokugawa shogunate. After the Meiji Restoration, the area was organized into villages under Aichi District or northern Chita District within Aichi Prefecture. Narumi became a town in 1889, followed by Arimatsu in 1890 and Otaka in 1895. Efforts to merge these towns with the neighboring city of Nagoya began in 1953 and 1955, but were virulently opposed by the local residents, resulting recall motions for town mayors, and eventually violent riots. On April 1, 1963, after a third referendum, Narumi was annexed by Nagoya, becoming the new ward of Midori. Narumi was followed by Otaka and a portion of Arimatsu on December 1, 1964 with each of the former towns retaining its own local sub-ward office and considerable local autonomy. These sub-ward offices were amalgamated into a new Midori Ward office on January 21, 1974; however, the sub-wards were retained as local administrative divisions until 2007. With the opening of the Nagoya Municipal Subway’s Sakura-dōri Line, the population of the ward increased, and surpassed Nakagawa Ward in 2004 to become the most populous ward in Nagoya. A new ward office was opened on May 6, 2010.
- Central Japan Railway Company - Tōkaidō Main Line
- Meitetsu - Nagoya Main Line
- Nagoya Municipal Subway – Sakura-dōri Line
- Japan National Route 1
- Japan National Route 23
- Japan National Route 247
- Japan National Route 302
- Japan National Route 366
- ruins of Narumi Castle
- ruins of Odaka Castle
Noted people from Midori-ku, Nagoya
- Shintarō Tokita – musician
- Junichi Komoto – comedian (lived here when he was an infant. However, he later resided in Okayama city)
- Hitomi Sato – actress
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- 区の木・区の花 (in Japanese). Nagoya City. 15 October 2008.