Mooka, Tochigi

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Mooka
真岡市
City
Mooka City Hall
Mooka City Hall
Flag of Mooka
Flag
Official seal of Mooka
Seal
Location of Mooka in Tochigi Prefecture
Location of Mooka in Tochigi Prefecture
Mooka is located in Japan
Mooka
Mooka
 
Coordinates: 36°26′25.5″N 140°0′48.2″E / 36.440417°N 140.013389°E / 36.440417; 140.013389Coordinates: 36°26′25.5″N 140°0′48.2″E / 36.440417°N 140.013389°E / 36.440417; 140.013389
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tochigi Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Ryuichi Ida (since May 2009)
Area
 • Total 167.34 km2 (64.61 sq mi)
Population (January 2017)
 • Total 79,660
 • Density 476/km2 (1,230/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Zelkova serrata
- Flower Gossypium
- Bird Eurasian skylark
Phone number 285-82-1111
Address 5191 Aramachi, Mooka-shi, Tochigi-ken 321-4395
Website Official website

Mooka (真岡市 Mooka-shi?) is a city located in Tochigi Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of January 2017, the city had an estimated population of 79,660[1] and a population density of 476 persons per km². Its total area was 167.34 km². Moka is known for the Mooka Railway, which operates steam locomotives.[2] The train line stretches from Shimodate, Ibaraki to Motegi, Tochigi.[3] The town produces 7,000 tons of strawberries annually.[4] The name of the city is given as “Moka City” per the city’s official home page;[5] however, the local train station is “Mōka Station”,[6] and the direct transliteration of the city name into Hepburn romanization is “Mooka”.

Geography[edit]

Mooka is located in southeast Tochigi Prefecture.[7]

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The town on Mooka was established within Tsuga District, Tochigi on April 1, 1889 with the creation of the municipalities system. Mooka annexed the neighboring villages of Yamazeki, Ouchi and Naka on March 31, 1954. It was elevated to city status on October 1, 1954.

On March 23, 2009, the town of Ninomiya (from Haga District) was merged into Mooka.[8]

Economy[edit]

Mooka is a regional commercial center with a mixed economy. Agriculture centers primarily on rice production and fruits. Traditional industries of sake brewing and cotton weaving have largely been replaced by light manufacturing of automotive and electronic components, primarily for the nearby Nissan factory in Kaminokawa and Honda factory in Tsuga.

Education[edit]

Mooka has 18 primary schools, nine middle schools[9] and four high schools.[10]

It previously hosted the Colégio Pitágoras Brasil, a Brazilian school.[11]

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Osaki Jinja[12]
  • site of Nakamura Castle[13]

External relations[edit]

Noted people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "推計人口 (Estimated population)". MOKA CITY. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "真岡みどころガイド" (PDF). 真岡市. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "路線図". 真岡鉄道. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "いちご日本一のまち もおか". 真岡市. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "真岡市". 真岡市. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  6. ^ Station sign “Mōka” Moka station sign.jpg
  7. ^ "市の概要 地勢". 真岡市. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  8. ^ http://www.kokudo.or.jp/new/cities/sub/kanto/09.htm Archived April 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "(市勢要覧)2015 MOKA CITY DATA BANK 数字で見る真岡市勢 教育" (PDF). 真岡市. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "真岡市の高校一覧(4校)". 高校受験ナビ. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. February 7, 2008. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.
  12. ^ "文化財". 大前神社. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  13. ^ 真岡市教育委員会. "栃木県指定史跡 中村城跡". 鹿沼見て歩き. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Glendora Public Library: Weblinks Collection – Community Information". Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  15. ^ "姉妹都市交流". 真岡市. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Mooka, Tochigi at Wikimedia Commons