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 (August 2017)|
|• Density||740/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, Japan. As of 1 August 2017[update], the city had an estimated population of 44,738, and a population density of 740 persons per km². The total area of the city is 60.45 square kilometres (23.34 sq mi). Iwanuma is at the convergence of two ancient roads, the Tōkaidō and the Rikuzen-Hama Kaidō.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Iwanuma has increased over the past 40 years.
Iwanuma has a humid climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Iwanuma is 12.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1252 mm with September as the wettest month.The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.9 °C, and lowest in January, at around 1.6 °C.
The area of present-day Iwanuma was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and the Takekoma Inari Shrine claims to have been founded in 842 AD. Mention of “Iwanuma Castle” appears in early Muromachi period documents. 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 modern 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 public elementary school and four public middle schools operated by the city government, and one public high school operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education. The prefectural also operates a special education 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
- Iwanuma population statistics
- Iwanuma climate data
- 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)