Takekoma Shrine, Kanahebisui Shrine
Abukuma River, Iwanuma Station
Iwanuma urban area, Dontosai festival
Location of Iwanuma in Miyagi Prefecture
|• -Mayor||Tsuneaki Iguchi|
|• Total||60.45 km2 (23.34 sq mi)|
|Population (September 2015)|
|• Density||730/km2 (1,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Japanese Black Pine|
|Address||1-6-20 Sakura, Iwanuma-shi, Miyagi-ken 989-2480|
Iwanuma (岩沼市 Iwanuma-shi) is a city located in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 44,149 and a population density of 730 persons per km². The total area was 60.71 square kilometres (23.44 sq mi). Iwanuma is at the convergence of two ancient roads, the Tōkaidō (via the Pacific coast) and the Tōsandō (inland route), both originating in the Kansai region.
The area of present-day Iwanuma was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and the mention of “Iwanuma Castle” appears in early Muromachi period. The area came under the control of the Date clan of Sendai Domain during the Edo period, under the Tokugawa shogunate. The town of Iwanuma was established on June 1, 1889 with the establishment of the municipalities system.
The village of Okuma merged with Iwanuma on January 11, 1947, followed by Sengan and Tamaura on April 1, 1955. Iwanuma was raised to city status on November 1, 1971.
Iwanuma has four elementary schools, four middle schools and one high school.
- Iwanuma Community FM Station
Sister city relations
- – Napa, California, USA, since February 15, 1973 .
- – Dover, Delaware, USA friendship city since 2003
- – Nankoku, Kōchi, Japan since July 23, 1973
- – Obanazawa, Yamagata, Japan since November 7, 1999
Noted people from Iwanuma
- Ryusuke Taguchi – professional wrestler
- http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/03/11/photo-gallery-devastation-after-earthquake-in-japan/a-massive-tsunami-hits-the-coastal-areas-of-iwanuma-miyagi-prefecture-northeastern-japan/ Massive tsunami hits Iwanuma
- "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
Media related to Iwanuma at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (in Japanese)