Tako, Chiba

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Tako
多古町
Town
Tako (Shima hamlet)
Tako (Shima hamlet)
Flag of Tako
Flag
Official seal of Tako
Seal
Location of Tako in Chiba Prefecture
Location of Tako in Chiba Prefecture
Tako is located in Japan
Tako
Tako
 
Coordinates: 35°44′N 140°28′E / 35.733°N 140.467°E / 35.733; 140.467Coordinates: 35°44′N 140°28′E / 35.733°N 140.467°E / 35.733; 140.467
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Chiba Prefecture
District Katori
Area
 • Total 72.68 km2 (28.06 sq mi)
Population (April 2012)
 • Total 15,590
 • Density 215/km2 (560/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Camellia sasanqua
- Flower Hydrangea
Phone number 0479-76-2611
Address 584 Tako, Tako-chō, Katori-gun, Chiba-ken 289-2292
Website Town of Tako

Tako (多古町 Tako-machi?) is a town located in Katori District, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. As of April 2012, the town had an estimated population of 15,590 and a population density of 215 persons per km². The total area was 72.68 km².

Geography[edit]

Tako is located in the northeastern portion of Chiba prefecture, and the majority of the land is flat. Located on the Shimōsa Plateau and the Kujūkuri Plain, the Kuriyama River flows through the centre of the town.

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History[edit]

Tako has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and archaeologists have found dugout canoes and graves from the Jōmon period, and rice paddies from the Yayoi period. The area also has numerous tumuli from the Kofun period, from which haniwa pottery has been recovered. During the Heian period, it was divided into shōen controlled by the Fujiwara clan and came under the control of the Chiba clan in the Kamakura period. During the Edo period, it was tenryō territory within Shimōsa province ruled directly by the Tokugawa shogunate via hatamoto administrators.

After the Meiji Restoration, Tako village was established on April 1, 1889 within Katori District of Chiba Prefecture. Tako was elevated to town status on June 29, 1890. On April 1, 1951, Tako annexed neighboring Tōjō Village. It expanded further on March 31, 1954 by annexing neighboring Naka, Kuga and Tokiwa villages.

Economy[edit]

Tako is a regional commercial center, and agricultural center. In addition to rice, an important economic factor is animal husbandry, most significantly intensive pig farming.

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Noted people from Tako[edit]

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