Inakadate Village Hall
Location of Inakadate in Aomori Prefecture
|• Total||22.35 km2 (8.63 sq mi)|
(November 30, 2017)
|• Density||360/km2 (930/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|Address||1 Nakatsuji, Inakadate-mura, Minamitsugaru-gun, Aomori-ken 038-1113|
Inakadate (田舎館村 Inakadate-mura) is a village in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. As of 30 November 2017[update], the village has an estimated population of 7,985 in 2,736 households , and a population density of 362 persons per km². The total area of the village is 22.35 square kilometres (8.63 sq mi).
Inakadate occupies the flatlands within Minamitsugaru District of south-central Aomori. The village has a cold humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) characterized by warm short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Inakadate is 10.5 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1294 mm with September as the wettest month.The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.1 °C, and lowest in January, at around -1.9 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Inakadate has decreased steadily over the past 40 years.
During the Edo period, the area around Inakadate was controlled by the Tsugaru clan of Hirosaki Domain. After the Meiji Restoration, it became part of Minamitsugaru District. On April 1, 1889, Inakadate was proclaimed as a village. On April 1, 1955, it annexed neighboring Kodaji Village, but lost a portion of its territory to Onoe Town on October 1, 1956.
The economy of Inakadate is heavily dependent on agriculture, notably rice and horticulture.
Inakadate has one public elementary school and one public junior high school operated by the village government. The village does not have a high school.
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) - Ōu Main Line
- Kōnan Railway Company - Kōnan Railway Kōnan Line
- Tareyanagi Site, a Yayoi-period ruin and National Historic Site
The people were looking for a way to revitalize their village. Archaeology showed that rice had been grown in the area for more than 2000 years. To honor this history, the villagers started a rice field behind the town hall. The villagers cultivated and used four different types of heirloom and modern strains of rice to create a giant picture in the field. To allow viewing of the whole picture, a mock castle tower 22 meters high was erected at the village office. In 2006, more than 200,000 people visited the village to see the art.
To encourage visitation outside of rice growing season, the town began using the same fields for winter rice paddy art in 2016. The designs are created by compressing snow into patterns by walking on it with snowshoes.
Notable people from Inakadate
- Tochinoumi Teruyoshi, sumo wrestler
- Inakadate village official home page (in Japanese)
- Inakadate climate data
- Inakadate population statistics
- "Bizarre spectacle of the giant crop murals covering rice fields in Japan". Daily Mail. 2009-07-09. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- Hani, Yoko (2007-08-26). "Homegrown art". The Japan Times. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- "Winter Rice Paddy Art and Ground Blizzard Experience". Aomori Sightseeing Guide. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
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