Haiden of Idate Jinja in Shikama
Location of Shikama in Miyagi Prefecture
|• Total||109.23 km2 (42.17 sq mi)|
|Population (May 2014)|
|• Density||66/km2 (170/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||41 Yotsugama Kitatani, Shikama-chō, Kami-gun, Miyagi-ken 981-4122|
Shikama (色麻町 Shikama-chō?) is a town located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of May 2014, the town had an estimated population of 7,209 and a population density of 66 persons per km². The total area was 109.23 km².
Shikama is located in west-central Miyagi Prefecture, bordered by the Ōu Mountains to the west.
- Miyagi Prefecture
- Yamagata Prefecture
The area of present-day Shikama was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jomon period by the Emishi people. Per the Shoku Nihongi, following a huge earthquake in the year 715 AD, a large number of people migrated to this area from the southern Kantō region, forming numerous fortified settlements. The name of “Shikama” appears in Nara period records as one of these settlements. 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 Shikama was created on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the municipalities system. Shikama was raised to town status on April 1, 1978. A motion to merger with the neighboring three towns of Miyazaki, Nakaniida, and Onoda, all from Kami District, was defeated by a local referendum in April 2003.
The economy of Shikama is largely based on agriculture, primarily the cultivation of rice and Perilla frutescens.
Shikama is not currently served by any railway lines.
Noted people from Shikama
- Susumu Ojima – entrpreneur
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