Akashi from Akashi Castle.
Location of Akashi in Hyōgo Prefecture
|First official recorded||645 AD|
|City Settled||November 1, 1919|
|• Mayor||Fusaho Izumi (from May 2011)|
|• Total||49.22 km2 (19.00 sq mi)|
(April 1, 2017)
|• Density||6,000/km2 (15,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+09:00 (JST)|
|City hall address||1-5-1 Nakasaki, Akashi-shi, Hyogo-ken|
Akashi city was called Akashi Domain (1617-1871) and flourished as an old castle town since the seventeenth century. After the time of the Meiji restoration, the abolition of the han system (haihan-chiken) was done and replaced to a new system of prefectures in 1871 by Meiji Government.
It was said that Miyamoto Musashi (1584–1645) who was one of the well-known Japanese swordsmen made the old town's lots in the seventeenth century. Kakinomotono Hitomaro who was the great waka poet of the late Asuka period wrote many poems, and one of them was about Akashi. Akashi also appeared in The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu who was a famous female writer in the early years of the 11th century.
Akashi Government renovated its library and other facilities in November, 2017. Then, Akashi station's area was developed. A municipal library and other facilities reestablished in front of Akashi station. Therefore, accessibility in those facilities was exceedingly improved.
On July 21, 2001, 11 people were killed and 247 injured in a pedestrian stampede after a fireworks show. Five city and civil officials were subsequently convicted of negligence for not preventing the disaster.
On April 1, 2018, Akashi became a core city.
Akashi Municipal Planetarium stands on the meridian of 135 degrees east longitude, that is used to determine Japan Standard Time. Contrary to the name, the terminus of the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge that connects Honshu to Awaji Island (and thereby to Shikoku) is not in Akashi but in Tarumi-ku, Kōbe.
Politics and government
Akashi is governed by Mayor Fusaho Izumi, an independent. The city assembly has 31 elected members and is dominated by independents.
Akashi is well known for Akashiyaki, a kind of takoyaki particular to the region. Small pieces of octopus (tako) are placed inside a ball-shaped mold containing a mixture of flour and eggs and this is then fried. Akashiyaki is often eaten by dipping in a thin soup. People who live in Akashi call it "tamagoyaki."(tamago, 玉子 or 卵, literally "egg") Akashi is the site of the Uonotana (Uo-no-Tana, 魚の棚, literally "fish-shelf") Fish Market where local fishermen display an array of fresh seafood caught in the Akashi Strait.
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The city once had a North Korean school, Akashi Korean Elementary School (明石朝鮮初級学校) and Akashi Junior College (明石短期大学). The city also has the National Institute of Technology Akashi College (NITAC)． (国立明石工業高等専門学校)
Akashi Park Stadium is a track and field stadium that can hold 20,000 spectators.
Principal sights of Akashi
- Akashi Station
- Asagiri Station
- Nishi-Akashi Station (also a Sanyō Shinkansen station)
- Ōkubo Station
- Uozumi Station
The Sanyo Electric Railway Main Line passes through the city with stations at:
- Eigashima Station
- Fujie Station
- Hayashisaki-Matsuekaigan Station
- Higashi-Futami Station
- Hitomarumae Station
- Nakayagi Station
- Nishi-Eigashima Station
- Nishi-Futami Station
- Nishi-Shimmachi Station
- Ōkuradani Station
- Sanyo Akashi Station
- Sanyo Uozumi Station
- Japan National Route 2 (Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima, Shimonoseki)
- Japan National Route 28 (Kobe, Tokushima)
- Japan National Route 175 (Maizuru)
- Japan National Route 250 (Kobe, Okayama)
- Japan National Route 427 (Nishiwaki, Asago)
- Second Shinmei Road (Kobe)
Twin towns – Sister cities
Akashi is twinned with:
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- ウリハッキョ一覧. Chongryon. November 6, 2005. Archived from the original on November 6, 2005. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
- "Vallejo Sister City". Vallejo Sister City Association. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2013-09-11.
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