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Aterazawa neighborhood of Ōe
Location of Ōe in Yamagata Prefecture
|• Total||153.92 km2 (59.43 sq mi)|
|Population (November 2013)|
|• Density||56.7/km2 (147/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Flower||Hydrangea macrophylla|
|• Bird||Crested kingfisher|
|• Fish||Masu salmon|
|Address||882-1 Aterazawa, Ōe-machi, Nishimurayama-gun, Yamagata-ken 990-1101|
Ōe is located in mountainous central Yamagata. Like many small towns in Japan, Ōe is a collection of smaller hamlets. Elevation rises and populations decrease from east to west. The easternmost hamlet is Aterazawa, and contains about 4/5 of the town's population. The Mogami River forms the eastern border of the town.
- Yamagata Prefecture
Ōe has a Humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa) with large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is heaviest from August to October.
The area of present-day Ōe was part of ancient Dewa Province. During the Kamakura period it was controlled by the Ōe clan. During the early Tokugawa period, it was the site of a castle and center of the briefly-lived Aterazawa Domain (12,000 koku), which was absorbed into Tsuruoka Domain. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Nishimurayama District, Yamagata Prefecture. The modern town of Ōe was established on August 20, 1959 by the merger of the town of Aterazawa and the village of Urushikawa.
The economy of Ōe is based on agriculture.
- Oe Doll's Festival (March)
- Mogami River rower's song contest (June)
- Tateyama Park(ruin of The Tateyama castle)
- Yanagawa spa
Media related to Ōe, Yamagata at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Japanese)