Hiezu, Tottori

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Hiezu
日吉津
Village
Hiezu Village Hall, Hiezu, Tottori Prefecture
Hiezu Village Hall, Hiezu, Tottori Prefecture
Flag of Hiezu
Flag
Official seal of Hiezu
Seal
Location of Hiezu in Tottori Prefecture
Location of Hiezu in Tottori Prefecture
Hiezu is located in Japan
Hiezu
Hiezu
 
Coordinates: 35°26′35″N 133°22′51″E / 35.44306°N 133.38083°E / 35.44306; 133.38083Coordinates: 35°26′35″N 133°22′51″E / 35.44306°N 133.38083°E / 35.44306; 133.38083
Country Japan
Region Chūgoku
San'in
Prefecture Tottori
District Saihaku
Area
 • Total 4.20 km2 (1.62 sq mi)
Population (June 1, 2016)
 • Total 3,451
 • Density 820/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Black pine
- Flower Tulip
Phone number 0859-27-0211
Address 872-15 Hiezu, Hiezu-son, Saihaku-gun, Tottori-ken 689-3553
Website Village of Hiezu(Japanese)

Hiezu (日吉津村, Hiezu-son?) is a village located in Saihaku District, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.

As of 2016, the village has an estimated population of 3,451 and a population density of 820 persons per km². The total area is 4.16 square kilometres (1.61 sq mi).[1][2]

Geography[edit]

Hiezu faces the Miho Bay on the Sea of Japan and is surrounded on three sides by the city of Yonago.[2] 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.[3] The village sits on low, damp, sandy land. 57% of the area of Hiezu is arable.[2]

History[edit]

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.[2] 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.[4]

External links[edit]

Media related to Hiezu, Tottori at Wikimedia Commons

References[edit]

  1. ^ 人口と世帯数 [Populations and Households] (in Japanese). Hiezu, Tottori Prefecture: Village of Hiezu. 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "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. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ 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.