Handa, Aichi

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Handa
半田市
City
Kamesaki Mud-flats Festival on May
Kamesaki Mud-flats Festival on May
Flag of Handa
Flag
Official seal of Handa
Seal
Location of Handa in Aichi Prefecture
Location of Handa in Aichi Prefecture
Handa is located in Japan
Handa
Handa
 
Coordinates: 34°53′31″N 136°56′17″E / 34.89194°N 136.93806°E / 34.89194; 136.93806Coordinates: 34°53′31″N 136°56′17″E / 34.89194°N 136.93806°E / 34.89194; 136.93806
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Aichi Prefecture
District Chita (formerly)
Government
 • Mayor Izō Sakakibara
Area
 • Total 47.42 km2 (18.31 sq mi)
Population (May 2015)
 • Total 117,088
 • Density 2,470/km2 (6,400/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Japanese Black Pine
- Flower Satsuki azalea
Phone number 0569-21-3111
Address 2-1 Tōyō-chō, Handa-shi, Aichi-ken 475-8666
Website Official website
Handa City Hall

Handa (半田市 Handa-shi?) is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

As of May 2015, the city had an estimated population of 117,088 and a population density of 2,470 persons per km². The total area was 47.24 square kilometres (18.24 sq mi).

Handa Canal

Geography[edit]

Handa is located in northeastern Chita Peninsula in southern Aichi Prefecture, and is bordered by Mikawa Bay to the east.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

During the Edo period, the area of Handa city was part of Owari Domain. In the post-Meiji restoration cadastral reforms of October 1, 1889, the towns of Handa and Kamezaki were founded, as was the town of Narawa the following year. These three towns merged on October 1, 1937 to form the city of Handa.

Economy[edit]

Handa has a strong historical connection with soy sauce, sake and vinegar brewing, and remains the worldwide headquarters of the Mizkan Vinegar Group.[1] During World War II, Nakajima Aircraft Company established an aircraft production plant in Handa. In the post-war period, this was redeveloped into a heavy industrial zone, including a production plant by Dow Chemical. Handa and Midland, Michigan became Sister Cities in 1981, a relationship that continues to this day.[2]

Education[edit]

  • Nihon Fukushi University – Handa campus
  • Handa has seven elementary schools, five middle schools, five high schools and two special education schools.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Sister city relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Mizkan Museum
  • Handa Red Brick Building
  • Niimi Nankichi Memorial Museum
  • Yakachi River
  • Jōraku-ji

Noted people from Handa[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mizkan official home page". 
  2. ^ http://www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/520/Sister-City-Relationship
  3. ^ "Midland official home page". 
  4. ^ a b "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Handa, Aichi at Wikimedia Commons