upper:Furukawa festival, Kashima-dai
middle:Kejonuma Leisure Land, Furukawa Station
lower:Naruko Dam, Mount Kagoho
Location of Ōsaki in Miyagi Prefecture
|• Mayor||Yasushi Ito|
|• Total||796.76 km2 (307.63 sq mi)|
|• Density||167/km2 (430/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Flower||Flowering Dogwood|
|Address||1-1 Furukawa Nanokamachi, Ōsaki-shi, Miyagi-ken 989-6188|
Ōsaki (大崎市, Ōsaki-shi) is a city located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 28 February 2017[update], the city had an estimated population of 132,930, and a population density of 167 persons per km². The total area of the city is 796.76 square kilometres (307.63 sq mi). Ōsaki is a member of the World Health Organization’s Alliance for Healthy Cities (AFHC).
Ōsaki is in north-central Miyagi Prefecture in the northern Sendai Plain.
- Miyagi Prefecture
- Yamagata Prefecture
- Akita Prefecture
Mutsu has a maritime climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Ōsaki is 11.5 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1249 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.4 °C, and lowest in January, at around -0.6 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Ōsaki has increased over the past 40 years.
The area of present-day Ōsaki was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jōmon period by the Emishi people. During the Nara period, gold was discovered in the area. During later portion of the Heian period, the area was ruled by the Northern Fujiwara. During the Sengoku period, the area was contested by various samurai clans before the area came under the control of the Date clan of Sendai Domain during the Edo period, under the Tokugawa shogunate.
The town of Furukawa was established with the creation of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It was raised to city status on December 15, 1950.
The modern city of Ōsaki was established on March 31, 2006, from the merger of the city of Furukawa absorbed the towns of Iwadeyama and Naruko (both from Tamatsukuri District), the towns of Kashimadai, Matsuyama and Sanbongi (all from Shida District), and the town of Tajiri (from Tōda District).
The economy of Ōsaki is largely based on agriculture, primarily the cultivation of rice.
- Miyagi Seishin Junior College
- Ōsaki has 30 elementary public schools, 11 public junior high schools operated by the city government. There are five public high schools, and one combined public middle/high school operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education and two private high schools and one combined private middle/high school. The prefecture also operates one special education school.
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) – Tōhoku Shinkansen
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) – Tōhoku Main Line
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) – Rikuu East Line
- Tōhoku Expressway - Furukawa IC; Chōjahara PA
- National Route 4
- National Route 47
- National Route 108
- National Route 346
- National Route 347
- National Route 457
- Yūbikan, former Date clan school and gardens; registered National Historic Site
- Miyazawa Site, ruins of early Heian-period fort; National Historic Site
- Yamahata Cave Tomb Cluster, National Historic Site
- Daikichiyama Tile Kiln Site, National Historic Site
- Nakazawame Shell Mound, National Historic Site
- Kido Tile Kiln Site, National Historic Site
- Myōdate Government Offices Site, National Historic Site
- Dewa Sendai Kaidō Nakayamagoe Pass, National Historic Site
Sister city relations
- - Middletown, Ohio, USA, since October 18, 1990
- - Jinshui District, Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China, since July 19, 1994
- - Dublin, Georgia, USA, since May 29, 1998
Noted people from Ōsaki
- Sakuzō Yoshino, author
- Shinji Yoshino, politician, cabinet minister
- Frank Nagai, singer
- Ryōji Chūbachi, businessman
- Alliance for Healthy Cities official home page
- Ōsaki climate data
- Ōsaki population statistics
- Kunkle, Tara (March 25, 2009). "Middletown Sister Cities With Furukawa/Osaki City". Middletown Community News. Middletown USA official home page. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
- "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015.
- "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
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- Official Website (in Japanese)