Tachineputa, which is a famous festival in Goshogawara in its modern incarnation since 1996
Location of Goshogawara in Aomori
|• - Mayor||Masatoshi Hirayama|
|• Total||404.56 km2 (156.20 sq mi)|
|Population (September 1, 2013)|
|• Density||140/km2 (400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Tree||Japanese elm|
|• Flower||Nohanashōbu (iris ensata var. spontanea)|
|• Bird||Oriental greenfinch|
|Address||12 Iwakichō, Goshogawara-shi, Aomori-ken 037-8686|
|Website||City of Goshogawara|
Goshogawara occupies two discontinuous areas on Tsugaru Peninsula in western Aomori Prefecture. The larger section is landlocked, and is in the middle of the peninsula, and the smaller section is on the Sea of Japan coast. The city has a hot humid continental climate characterized by short warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. Parts of the city are within the limits of the Tsugaru Quasi-National Park.
The area of Goshogawara was part of the holdings of the Tsugaru clan of Morioka Domain in the Edo period. After the Meiji Restoration, the area became part of Kitatsugaru District in Aomori Prefecture, and was divided into numerous villages in 1889.
On July 1, 1898, Goshogawara was elevated to town status. On October 1, 1954, Goshogawara absorbed the villages of Sakae, Nakagawa, Nagahashi, Matsushima and Iizume to create the city of Goshogawara. On April 1, 1958, Goshogawara absorbed a portion of the town of Kizukuri.
The economy of Goshogawara is mixed. The city serves as a regional commercial center. Agricultural produce includes rice and apples, and commercial fishing includes clams. The main industrial employer is Toshiba, which operates a factory producing HD DVD drives in the city.
Goshogawara has 11 elementary schools, six middle schools and seven high schools.
- Goshogawara High School
- Goshogawara Technical High School
- Goshogawara Agriculture and Forestry High School
- Kanagi High School
- Kanagi High School - Shiura Branch
- Goshogawara Daiichi High School
- Goshogawara Commercial High School
- East Japan Railway Company- Gonō Line
- Tsugaru Railway
Goshogawara is famous for its Tachineputa Festival, held annually from August 4th to August 8th. The tachineputa floats are much taller than their counterparts in Aomori and Hirosaki, reaching heights of up to 23 meters.
Noted people from Goshogawara
- Osamu Dazai – novelist
- Bunji Tsushima– politician
- Ikuzo Yoshi – Enka singer-songwriter
- Shimizugawa Motokichi – sumo wrestler
- Kashiwado Risuke – sumo wrestler
- Kōji Hirayama – politician
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