Location of Fujisawa in Iwate Prefecture
|Merged||September 26, 2011
(now part of Ichinoseki)
|• Total||123.15 km2 (47.55 sq mi)|
|Population (September 1, 2011)|
|• Density||72.76/km2 (188.4/sq mi)|
|• Flower||Wisteria floribunda|
|• Bird||Oriental turtle dove|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
The Fujisawa village was created on April 1, 1889 within Higashiiwai District with the establishment of the municipality system. It was raised to town status on June 1, 1926. On August 20, 1954 it annexed the neighboring villages of Kinomi, Yasawa and a portion of Otsubo village.
On September 26, 2011, Fujisawa was merged into the expanded city of Ichinoseki municipality. Higashiiwai District It is an active township in northern Japan who has connections to Blackwater and Emerald in the Central Highlands in Queensland, a coal and blossoming farming region in Australia. Fujisawa has most wonderful annual Festival, entitled the Noyaki Matsuri, which is held in August each year. During this time students from all the schools exhibit team work in a practical manner wherein they create a pottery design to be fired in the open pits, as part of a community competition. The festival highlights the town's creativity and openness to welcome potters and sculptors from around Japan and internationally, and people enjoy food stalls, taiko drumming, ceremonial dancing, upon the Junior High School sports fields in Fujisawa. It is known for a town of International Friendship for over 30 years with Australia and also with Vietnam.
Several outstanding businesses thrive in the Fujisawa environs, such as the Shoei Motorcycle Helmut Factory. There is an annual motocross racing event which once more draws crowds of people to this most picturesque Japanese township, located 30 minutes from the eastern coast of Japan. In 2011, Fujisawa also experienced the massive earthquake which caused a large tsunami that devastated the eastern seaboard villages of Japan, especially in Miyagi and Iwate Ken. The region is once again flourishing with hard work, tenacity of spirit and amazing resilience.
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