Usuki, Ōita

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Usuki
臼杵市
City
Flag of Usuki
Flag
Location of Usuki in Ōita Prefecture
Location of Usuki in Ōita Prefecture
Usuki is located in Japan
Usuki
Usuki
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°8′N 131°48′E / 33.133°N 131.800°E / 33.133; 131.800Coordinates: 33°8′N 131°48′E / 33.133°N 131.800°E / 33.133; 131.800
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Ōita Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Goro Nakano (since January 2009)
Area
 • Total 291.07 km2 (112.38 sq mi)
Population (January 1, 2012)
 • Total 41,006
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Kabosu
- Flower Salvia splendens
Address Oji Usuki 72-1, Usuki City, Oita Prefecture (大分県臼杵市大字臼杵72番1号)
875-8501
Phone number 81-(0)972-63-1111
Website City of Usuki
Usuki, view from the station entrance

Usuki (臼杵市 Usuki-shi?) is a city located on the east coast of Ōita Prefecture, Japan. It is famous for its Usuki Stone Buddhas, a national treasure, and its soy sauce production. Recently it has become known for having the look and feel of a Japanese castle town. It is part of Ōita City's metropolitan area through economics and thus has strong ties to Ōita City.

Demographics and geography[edit]

As of January 1, 2012, the city has an estimated population of 41,006, with 15,454 households and a population density of 140.88 persons per km². The total area is 291.07 km².

The city is bordered by Ōita City, Saiki, Tsukumi, and Bungo-ōno. The city looks upon the Bungo Channel in the east. The city surrounds the Bay of Usuki with the Saganoseki Peninsula in the north and the Nagame Peninsula in the south. Within the bay are Kuroshima Island and Tsukumi Island. Water from the bay flows into Usuki River, around whose flat lands town areas have been built. The northern part of the city has gently-sloping hills while the southern part has mountain ranges that are 500m to 600m above sea level.

History[edit]

The city was founded on April 1, 1950. On March 31, 1954, multiple towns were merged into Usuki.

On January 1, 2005, the town of Notsu (from Ōno District) was merged into Usuki.

William Adams reached Bungo, now Usuki City, in April 1600.[citation needed]

Economy[edit]

Agriculture and fishing are the primary industries, however the production of soy sauce and miso paste are also popular. Many people come from abroad to work at Usuki shipyards. The city is well known for its kabosu fruits.

Historical and Sightseeing Sites[edit]

Festivals[edit]

Major festivals in Usuki include the Gion Festival (mid July), Stone Buddhas Fire Festival (late August), and Bamboo Lantern Festival (early November). There are also festivities and celebrations during the cherry blossom blooming period in April, for example at Usuki Castle.

Transportation[edit]

The city is on the Nippō Main Railway Line and it can be reached by local and limited express trains.

The city is accessible by car from the Higashi Kyushu Expressway with an exit at Usuki Interchange. The national highways number 10, 217, and 502 and the Oita Prefecture roads number 21, 25, 33, and 53 also run through the city.

The Ōita Bus Company offers inter-city buses to Usuki as well as buses within the city.

Ferries travel between Usuki and Yawatahama City in Ehime Prefecture, Shikoku through the two ferry companies Kyūshi Orange Ferry and Uwajima Unyu Ferry.

Education[edit]

Excluding closed schools, Usuki City has 15 elementary schools and 6 junior high schools, all of which are city-run. There is also a prefectural school specifically for handicapped children.

Prefectural High Schools
  • Usuki High School
  • Usuki Shougyou High School (for Commerce)
  • Usuki Kaiyou Kagaku High School (for Marine Science)
  • Notsu High School

Famous People from Usuki[edit]

Politics
Industry
Culture
Sports
Entertainment
Mass Communication

Movies set in Usuki[edit]

Sister Cities[edit]

  • Sri Lanka Kandy, Sri Lanka (February 27, 1967): sister city
  • China Dunhuang, China (September 27, 1994): friendship city

References[edit]

Source[edit]

This article incorporates information translated from the article 臼杵市 (Usuki-shi) in the Japanese Wikipedia, retrieved before September 28, 2011.

External links[edit]

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