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Location of Asagiri in Kumamoto Prefecture
|• Total||159.56 km2 (61.61 sq mi)|
|Population (April 1, 2017)|
|• Density||99/km2 (260/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Buna (Japanese beech)|
|• Flower||Ryoukinka (Marsh marigold)|
|• Bird||Eurasian skylark|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (JST)|
|City hall address||
Asagiri was created by the merger of 5 smaller towns and villages on April 1, 2003. Those included the town of Menda, and the villages of Ōkaharu, Ue, Sue and Fukada, all from Kuma District. Soybeans, strawberries, melons and tobacco are also produced here.
Asagiri is in the Kuma District region where shōchū, a popular rice alcohol is produced and consumed.
The village of Sue (now part of Asagiri) was the topic of a 1939 text, Suye Mura, a Japanese Village by John Embree.
The word "asagiri" translates as "morning mist".
Mt. Shiragatake is a designated nature reserve.
- Mountains: Shiragatake
- Rivers: Kuma river
- Kumamoto prefecture:
- Nishiki town
- Taragi town
- Sagara village
- Miyazaki prefecture
- Ebino city
Names inside the parenthesis () are the old village names before the merger in 2003.
- East Ue – Uehigashi (Uemura, Ueko)
- North Ue – Uekita (Uemura, Ueotsu)
- South Ue – Ueminami (Uemura, Uehei)
- West Ue – Uenishi (Uemura, Uetei)
- Minagoe (Ue village, Minagoe)
- North Okaharu – Okaharukita (Okaharumura, Miyahara)
- South Okaharu – Okaharuminami (Okaharumura, Okamoto)
- Sue (Sue village)
- North Fukada – Fukadakita (Fukadamura)
- West Fukada (Fukadamura)
- East Fukada (Fukadamura)
- South Fukada (Fukadamura)
- East Menda (Mendamachi-ko)
- West Menda (Mendamachi-otsu)
- April 1, 1889: The towns and villages became designated areas.
- Within Kuma district: Ue village, Minagoe village, Menda village, Okaharu village, Sue village, and Fukada village
- December 7, 1895: Minagoe village was incorporated into Ue village
- April 1, 1937: Menda village became Menda town (Menda machi)
- April 1, 2003: The Kuma district villages of Ue, Okaharu, Sue, Fukada and town of Menda merged to create Asagiri-town. The name was chosen because for the fog that blankets the valley from fall through spring.(Asa – morning, kiri/giri – fog)
- First mayor: Indou Takuichiro: April 27, 2003 – April 26, 2007
- Second mayor: Aikou Kazunori: April 27, 2007 – incumbent, second term
As of 2004, the total town production was 430 billion yen.
- "Official website of Asagiri Town" (in Japanese). Japan: Asagiri Town. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
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