Miyake, Tokyo

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Miyake
三宅村
Village
Flag of Miyake
Flag
Official seal of Miyake
Seal
Location of Miyake in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Miyake in Tokyo Metropolis
Miyake is located in Japan
Miyake
Miyake
 
Coordinates: 34°4′32.8″N 139°28′46.8″E / 34.075778°N 139.479667°E / 34.075778; 139.479667Coordinates: 34°4′32.8″N 139°28′46.8″E / 34.075778°N 139.479667°E / 34.075778; 139.479667
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
District Hachijō Subprefecture
Area
 • Total 55.27 km2 (21.34 sq mi)
Population (June 2016)
 • Total 2,451
 • Density 44.3/km2 (115/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Castanopsis
- Flower Hydrangea macrophylla
- Bird Izu thrush
Phone number 04994-5-0981
Address Tsuboi 1774, Miyake-mura, Tokyo 100-1211
Website Official website

Miyake (三宅村?, Miyake-mura) is a village located in Miyake Subprefecture, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the village had an estimated population of 2,415 and a population density of 44.3 persons per km². Its total area was 55.27 square kilometres (21.34 sq mi)

Geography[edit]

Miyake Village covers the island of Miyakejima, in the Izu archipelago in the Philippine Sea and the nearby uninhabited Ōnohara Islands, 180 kilometres (110 mi) south of central Tokyo

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

It is uncertain when human settlement first began on Miyakejima, but the island was known to be inhabited since at least in the early Nara period, and is mentioned in historical records for its many volcanic eruptions. The island was used as a penal colony during the Edo Period. After the start of the Meiji period, in 1878, the island came under the control of Tokyo-fu and was organized into five villages (Izu, Kamitsuki, Igaya, Ako and Tsubota) under Oshima subprefecture on October 1, 1923. Miyake subprefecture was created out of Oshima subprefecture on April 1, 1943.

On August 31, 1945, during the Allies’ occupation of Tokyo, ground gunners on Miyake-jima fired three shots at an American transport aircraft, with no casualties. These were to be amongst the last shots fired in the war.[1]

The three villages of Izu, Kamitsuki and Igaya merged on October 1, 1946 to form the village of Miyake, which was joined by Abo and Tsubota on February 1, 1956. The village was evacuated in the year 2000 due to volcanic eruptions, and the inhabitants were only allowed to return from 2005.

Economy[edit]

Fishing and seasonal tourism are the mainstays of the economy of Miyake.

Transportation[edit]

Airport[edit]

Education[edit]

Miyake village operated one elementary school and one middle school. The Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education operated one the one high school, Miyake High School.

Local attractions[edit]

  • Miyake is famous for its traditional taiko performances, known as kamitsuki kiyari taiko,

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