Location of Matsuura in Nagasaki Prefecture
|• Total||130.37 km2 (50.34 sq mi)|
|Population (January 1, 2009)|
|• Density||196/km2 (510/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Website||City of Matsuura|
Matsuura (松浦市 Matsuura-shi?) is a city located in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. Matsuura City is bordered on three sides by mountains. Matsuura Bay, which leads to the Genkai Sea, makes up the fourth side.
Mention of a "Matsura County" appears in written records from the Heian period, and this area was the home of the Matsura clan, a local warrior clan. Takashima, within the borders of the modern town, is the location where the Mongol invasions of Japan, floundered due to the winds of typhoons in 1274 and 1281, giving rise to the legend of the kamikaze. In the Edo period, the area was largely under the control of the Hirado Domain. The discovery of coal seams in the early Meiji period led to the rapid economic development of the area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; however, the coal mines closed in the 1960s.
The modern city was founded on March 31, 1955 through the merger of several towns and villages.
Matsuura City is a grouping of small towns, outlying communities, and some islands. Former Shisa Town is the most populated area and makes up downtown and central Matsuura City. East from Shisa is Tsukinokawa, and further east is Imabuku Township, which were separate towns until a few years ago.[when?]
Aoshima is a fairly small island in the bay. Fukushima and Takashima are the largest. Fukushima and Takashima can be accessed by bridge. Fukushima and Tsukinokawa are known for their cascading rice terraces.
Matsuura is located in a primarily rural area, with several industrial companies located near the city center including a steel works, a commercial fish market, and a regional power plant. The amount of catch at Matsuura fish market is about 89,294 tons. (8th place in Japan)
Sister City relations
Media related to Matsuura, Nagasaki at Wikimedia Commons
- Matsuura City official website (Japanese)
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