Shimizu Park in Noda
Location of Noda in Chiba Prefecture
|• Mayor||Takashi Nemoto (since July 1992)|
|• Total||103.54 km2 (39.98 sq mi)|
|Population (April 2012)|
|• Density||1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||7-1 Tsuruhō, Noda-shi, Chiba-ken 278-8550|
Noda is located in the far northwestern corner of Chiba Prefecture.
- Chiba Prefecture
- Saitama Prefecture
- Ibaraki Prefecture
The area around Noda has been inhabited since prehistory, and archaeologists have found ancient shell middens in the area. During the late Heian period, the area was controlled by Kamakura Gongorō Kagemasa, and a succession of minor warlords during the Sengoku period. During the Edo period, Noda developed as a river port, post town on the pilgrimage road to Nikko, and a center for the production of soy sauce. Neighboring Sekiyado was controlled by the Late Hojo clan during the Sengoku period, and developed as a castle town under Sekiyado Domain, a feudal han under the Tokugawa shogunate.
After the Meiji Restoration, Noda and Sekiyado towns were created on April 1, 1889. Noda was elevated to city status on May 3, 1950.
On June 6, 2003, the town of Sekiyado (from Higashikatsushika District) was merged into Noda.
Noda is a regional commercial center and, due to its proximity, a bedroom community for nearby Chiba and Tokyo. Noda has a mixed economy, with Kikkoman soy sauce being the most prominent employer. There is some residual agriculture, primarily of edamame, for which Noda was historically famous.
Sister city relations
- Whakatane, New Zealand, since November 16, 1997.
Noted people from Noda
- Kyōko Aizome – AV actress and movie director
- Masaaki Hatsumi – martial arts instructor
- Dabo – Japanese rap musician
- Mai Oshima – idol singer
- Takahiro Oshima – professional soccer player
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