Location of Natori in Miyagi Prefecture
|• Mayor||Sasaki Isō|
|• Total||100.07 km2 (38.64 sq mi)|
|Population (August 1, 2010)|
|• Density||727/km2 (1,880/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Japanese Black Pine|
|- Flower||Peach flower|
Masuda-aza, Yanagita 80
Natori was founded as a town on April 1, 1955 from the merger of two towns and four villages. On October 1, 1958, it was elevated to city status.
- 1 Geography
- 2 History
- 3 Economy
- 4 Sister city relationships
- 5 Facilities
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Culture
- 8 Famous people from Natori
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Traditionally, the area known as Natori District extended from the Natori River in the north and into the west. However, these regions have been absorbed into the greater Sendai area and are no longer part of Natori: the Natori river is actually not inside Natori city limits. Natori is bordered on the north by Sendai City, the west by Sendai and Kawasaki, and Iwanuma on the south. The Pacific Ocean is on the east.
Natori is located in the fertile plains of the Natori river and the Masuda river deltas.
- 1867: Natori was a part of the Rikuzen Province.
- April 1, 1889: Natori-gun (District) was defined as 6 villages: Masuda, Higashi-Taga, Shimo-Masuda, Tatekoshi, Aishiwa and Takadate.
- April 1, 1896: Masuda Village (Masuda-mura) was renamed Masuda Town (Masuda-machi).
- April 1, 1928: Higashi-Taga Village became Yuriage Town.
- April 1, 1955: The towns of Masuda and Yuriage, and the villages of Shimo-Masuda, Tatekoshi, Aishiwa and Takadate were merged to create the town of Natori (Natori-machi).
- October 1, 1958: Natori Town was elevated to city status Natori City (Natori-shi).
The official boundaries of Natori City have changed since 1958, as Sendai City redefines its area to include districts to the north and west of Natori.
Damage and casualties from 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
On March 14 Rescue workers arrived in an area of Natori known as Yuriage found few survivors, as much of the Yuriage area was wiped out. The population had 30 minutes between the earthquake and the tsunami and though many had time to escape city officials say it is impossible as yet to determine the number of casualties.
Based on data collected in 2000:
- 6.4% of the population of Natori is involved in the primary agricultural and fishing industries.
- 26.1% of the population of Natori is involved in secondary processing industries, particularly at the Nikon Camera factory and at the Sapporo Breweries factory.
Sister city relationships
Natori is home to the Miyagi Prefectural Psychiatric Medical Center and the Prefectural Cancer Center.
Educational and cultural facilities
Natori's educational facilities include a private university (Shokei Gakuin University), a prefectural university, a prefectural professional school, a technical college, two prefectural senior high schools, five municipal junior high schools, and eleven municipal primary schools. Additionally, there are seven nursery schools and eight child care centers.
The Natori City Library has a collection of approximately 140,000 books (two books for every person in the city) as of 2002.
The Cultural Meeting Center (文化会館 Bunkakaikan?) has a medium-sized hall and rehearsal room, a music room, a cultural centre which includes an exhibition gallery, a professional concert hall and stage, catering facilities and meeting rooms, and other general-purpose facilities for communal use. The structure was designed by Fumihiko Maki and is considered a local attraction.
Additionally, Natori is home to a Media Resource Centre, a community gym, the Miyagi Cycling Centre, and several public beaches and swimming pools.
- Tōhoku Main Line/Jōban Line: Natori Station to Tatekoshi Station
- Sendai Airport Line: Natori Station - Morisekinoshita Station - Mitazono Station - Sendai Airport Station
- Connections to surrounding municipalities (Natori Local Station)
- Toward Sendai Station on the Tōhoku Main Line or Jōban line (North 3 Stations, approx. 13mins)
- or Toward Iwanuma Station on the Tōhoku Main Line or Jōban line (South 2 Stations, approx. 10 mins)
- National Connections
- Local Highways
- National Highways
The Sapporo Beer Festival is held at the Sapporo Beer Factory. The factory opens to the public for tours of the factory and other events including free beer tasting.
The Donto-sai Festival is held at the height of winter. Men and women wear only sparse, white clothing and walk silently through the town, receiving sake from local residents along the way. The event culminates in a communal purification ritual and bonfire at Takekoma Shrine.
The Natori Sports Park, constructed by Tohoku Electric, is a public area used for various sports meetings and other community events, such as open-air markets.
The Nakazawa Family Estate (住宅 Juutaku?), ancestral home of the Nakazawa Clan of bushi warriors, has been designated a National Treasure under the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties. It was constructed in the late 18th century and has an historically important design, including a thatched roof.
There is a park in Natori dedicated to the Mountain Tomb (山古墳 yamakofun?) of the Thunder God (雷神 Raijin?). This is a keyhole tumulus constructed sometime circa the 4th and 5th centuries CE. The park contains numerous other tumuli of varying age, both keyhole and circular.
Natori is home to several sites and artifacts related to Date Masamune, the historical and legendary founder of Sendai. These include 300-year-old pine trees standing by the Natori River dike, which are decorated with paper lanterns and are said to have been planted by Masamune himself.
Natori, as an oceanside town, has open local fresh fish markets. These markets are open in the port district, every Sunday throughout most of the year.
Specialty products, items and gifts
Because of the Japanese tradition of gift-giving, most cities in Japan have something considered a "local specialty" to be used as omiyage. Natori's main omiyage specialty is kamaboko, a fish paste boiled in bamboo grass. Another local specialty is "beer-tella", a form of castella sponge cake that has been made with brewer's yeast rather than baker's yeast. As one might expect, "beer-tella" smells strongly of beer, and is made at the Sapporo Beer Factory.
As an ocean city, Natori has a seafood specialty: according to traditional lore, turbot caught in Yuriage was salted and grilled to preserve it for the day, and sold in the larger population centers to the North, in the Sendai area. This may no longer be part of Natori's role in the broader scope of Japanese cuisine.
Famous people from Natori
- Kazunari Aizawa (actor)
- Danjūro Kikkawa (singer-songwriter, potter, celebrity)
- Takanori Hoshi (baseball player)
- Kazuhiro Sasaki (baseball player)
- McLean, Alan; Quealy, Kevin; Ericson, Matthew (March 13, 2011). "Satellite Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunami". The New York Times.
- "News: Tsunami rolls through Pacific, Sendai Airport under water, Tokyo Narita closed, Pacific region airports endangered". Avherald.com. 2001-07-06. Retrieved 2011-03-11.
- "Rescuers, but no one left to rescue in Natori". NBC News World Blog. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011.
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- Natori City official website (Japanese)