Yamatotakada, Nara

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Yamatotakada
大和高田市
City
Location of Yamatotakada in Nara Prefecture
Location of Yamatotakada in Nara Prefecture
Yamatotakada is located in Japan
Yamatotakada
Yamatotakada
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°31′N 135°44′E / 34.517°N 135.733°E / 34.517; 135.733Coordinates: 34°31′N 135°44′E / 34.517°N 135.733°E / 34.517; 135.733
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Nara Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Masakatsu Yoshida
Area
 • Total 16.48 km2 (6.36 sq mi)
Population (January 1, 2007)
 • Total 72,510
 • Density 4,399.87/km2 (11,395.6/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Camellia sasanqua
- Flower Cosmos
- Bird None
Address 101-1 Ōaza Ōnaka, Yamatotakada-shi, Nara-ken
635-8511
Phone number 0745-22-1101
Website City of Yamatotakada
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Yamatotakada (大和高田市 Yamatotakada-shi?) is a city located in Nara Prefecture, Japan.

As of January 1, 2007, the city has an estimated population of 72,510 and a population density of 4,399.87 persons per km². The total area is 16.48 km².

The city continues to develop as a local business and government center in the center of Nara Prefecture.

History[edit]

Inhabited since the Paleolithic age, the city area nurtured paddy field agriculture in the fertile Nara Basin since ancient times. Large keyhole type burial mounds (kofun) were constructed in the northwestern part of the city around the 5th century.

A local samurai family ruled the area in the medieval age, but the lord of Takada perished in 1580 at the hand of a local vassal of the powerful Oda Nobunaga. In the early modern age, the city area developed as a local market town with a big Buddhist temple at its core.

With the introduction of Western civilisation into Japan, a modern spinning factory was set up here at the end of the nineteenth century. Since then, the city became a center of the modern textile industry.

After the Second World War, Takada was designated as a city in 1948. In 1963, the city of Yamatotakada was established, through the arrangement of an Australian Catholic father, a sister-city relationship with Lismore, New South Wales, Australia. It is known as the first such relationship between the two countries.

Toshiharu Matsuda, who served as mayor of the city since 1992, resigned in 2003. During his terms of office he executed ambitious construction plans resulting in burdensome borrowings. He was also criticized for his connection with a gangster boss in the city of Nara. Masakatsu Yoshida, elected as new major in April, 2003, has had to cope with the deteriorating financial problems combined with a curtailed national subsidy and mounting unpaid city tax.

A citizens' group advocates new friendship relation with Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province in central China, though city administrators are still reluctant.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Outside Japan[edit]

Education[edit]

  • Primary Schools
    • Takada Elementary School
    • Iwasono Elementary School
    • Katashio Elementary School
    • Ukiana Elementary School
    • Ukiananishi Elementary School
  • Junior High Schools
    • Takada Junior High School
    • Takadanishi Junior High School
    • Katashio Junior High School
  • High Schools
  • Universities
    • Nara Culture Women's Junior College
  • Other
    • Bigei Gakuen Vocational School
    • Apollo Gakuin Fashion Business School

Transportation[edit]

Rail[edit]

Road[edit]

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