Tonami, Toyama

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Tonami
砺波市
City
Tonami-yotaka festival held in June
Tonami-yotaka festival held in June
Flag of Tonami
Flag
Location of Tonami in Toyama Prefecture
Location of Tonami in Toyama Prefecture
Tonami is located in Japan
Tonami
Tonami
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°38′51″N 136°57′44″E / 36.64750°N 136.96222°E / 36.64750; 136.96222Coordinates: 36°38′51″N 136°57′44″E / 36.64750°N 136.96222°E / 36.64750; 136.96222
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Hokuriku)
Prefecture Toyama Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Osamu Natsuno (since November 2012)
Area
 • Total 126.96 km2 (49.02 sq mi)
Population (April 30, 2011)
 • Total 49,470
 • Density 389.65/km2 (1,009.2/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Cryptomeria
- Flower Tulip
- Bird Brown-eared Bulbul
Address 7-3 Sakae, Tonami-shi, Toyama-ken
939-1398
Phone number 0763-33-1111
"dispersed settlements" (散居村 Sankyo-son?) in Tonami

Tonami (砺波市 Tonami-shi?) is a city located in Toyama Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on April 1, 1954.

As of April 30, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 49,470, with 15,438 households and a population density of 389.65 persons per km². The total area is 126.96 km².

On November 1, 2004, the town of Shōgawa (from Higashitonami District) was merged into Tonami.

Local culture and festivals[edit]

Sightseeing via hot air balloon is a popular activity in Tonami.

In 2006, the Yotaka festival was held on June 9 and 10th. Many parade floats purposely collide during the festival, drawing large crowds to witness the spectacle. The Yotaka festival event originally began in the neighboring town of Fukuno. It features competitions between groups carrying mikoshi portable shrines. "Yoiyasa" is a traditional saying shouted by many during the event. When it is night, lamps using paper shades are lit. This festival is a prayer for a good harvest of the fields.

Tulips[edit]

There is a tulip park in Tonami, as well as a nationally recognized tulip festival that is held every year. There are various tulip there, and there is it now old an event is. There is a windmill for water drawers transferred by the Netherlands in Tonami. In this windmill, "DE VRIENDSCHAP" (friendship) is written, and is a symbol of friendship.

The Tonami tulip festival has 450 different kinds of tulips, and one hundred thousand tulips in all.

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