Hiezu Village Hall, Hiezu, Tottori Prefecture
Location of Hiezu in Tottori Prefecture
|• Total||4.20 km2 (1.62 sq mi)|
|Population (June 1, 2016)|
|• Density||820/km2 (2,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Black pine|
|Address||872-15 Hiezu, Hiezu-son, Saihaku-gun, Tottori-ken 689-3553|
|Website||Village of Hiezu(Japanese)|
Hiezu faces the Miho Bay on the Sea of Japan and is surrounded on three sides by the city of Yonago. The town has three districts: Hiezu, Tomiyoshi, and Imayoshi. Hiezu sits at east the mouth of the Hino River (77 kilometres (48 mi)), which crosses much of western Tottori Prefecture before emptying into the Sea of Japan. The village sits on low, damp, sandy land. 57% of the area of Hiezu is arable.
Hiezu, unlike other areas of Tottori Prefecture, has no evidence of ancient settlements. The area was inhospitable to early settlement due to coastal flooding and its sandy soil. The area of present-day Hiezu appears in a Heian-period dictionary compilaed in 934, the Wamyō Ruijushō, as part of the village of Mino in Aimi District. Hiezu became part of the Kayashima shōen estate after this period, but all three areas of the village were destroyed by fire in 1571 in a regional conflict during the Sengoku period (1467 – 1573). By 1617 the village came under the control of the Ikeda clan, which controlled Hiezu as part of the Tottori Domain through the Edo period (1603 – 1868). The present-day village of Hiezu was formed by the merger of the villages on Hiezu, Tomiyoshi, and Imayoshi in 1889. The residents of Hiezu rejected a referendum on a merger with the city of Yonago in 2006. Hiezu, despite its small size, is the only village in Tottori Prefecture and remains an autonomous municipality.
Media related to Hiezu, Tottori at Wikimedia Commons
- Hiezu official website (Japanese)
- 人口と世帯数 [Populations and Households] (in Japanese). Hiezu, Tottori Prefecture: Village of Hiezu. 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012.
- "日吉津村" [Hiezu]. Nihon Rekishi Chimei Taikei (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 173191044. dlc 2009238904. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
- "日野川 (Hino-gawa)". Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (日本大百科全書(ニッポニカ) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2012-07-02.
- 日吉津村村勢要覧 [Survey of Hiezu] (PDF) (in Japanese). Hiezu, Tottori Prefecture: Village of Hiezu. 2006. p. 25. Retrieved July 3, 2012.