Rifu, Miyagi

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Rifu
利府町
Town
1=Aeon Rifu, 2=Miyagi Athletic Park Gymnasium, Kaseinuma Park, 3=Shinkansen Maintenance Center, Rifu Station, 4=Miyagi Stadium
1=Aeon Rifu, 2=Miyagi Athletic Park Gymnasium, Kaseinuma Park, 3=Shinkansen Maintenance Center, Rifu Station, 4=Miyagi Stadium
Flag of Rifu
Flag
Official seal of Rifu
Seal
Location of Rifu in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Rifu in Miyagi Prefecture
Rifu is located in Japan
Rifu
Rifu
 
Coordinates: 38°19′N 140°58′E / 38.317°N 140.967°E / 38.317; 140.967Coordinates: 38°19′N 140°58′E / 38.317°N 140.967°E / 38.317; 140.967
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Miyagi
District Miyagi
Area
 • Total 44.75 km2 (17.28 sq mi)
Population (May 2014)
 • Total 35,489
 • Density 793/km2 (2,050/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Live oak
- Flower Nashi pear
Phone number 022-767-2111
Address Rifu Shinnamimatsu 4, Rifu-chō, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi-ken 981-0112
Website Official website

Rifu (利府町 Rifu-chō?) is a town located in Miyagi District, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of June 2014, the town had an estimated population of 35,489 and a population density of 793 persons per km². The total area was 44.75  km². Rifu is known for its nashi pears. Recently, wine and candy made from nashi pears have been developed in the town.

Geography[edit]

Rifu is located in east-central Miyagi Prefecture, bordered by Sendai metropolis to the south and by Matsushima Bay to the east.

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History[edit]

The area of present-day Rifu was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jomon period by the Emishi people. With the establishment of Tagajō in the Nara period, Rifu was part of the central Yamato colonization area in the region. During the Sengoku period, the area was contested by various samurai clans before the area came under the control of the Date clan of Sendai Domain during the Edo period, under the Tokugawa shogunate.

The modern village of Rifu was established on June 1, 1889 with the establishment of the municipalities system. It was raised to town status on October 1, 1967.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Rifu is largely based on agriculture, primarily horticulture and the cultivation of rice. East Japan Railway Company's Sendai Shinkansen maintenance depot is located in Rifu.

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