Site of Ōhira Castle, Ōhira, Miyagi
Location of Ōhira in Miyagi Prefecture
|• Total||60.19 km2 (23.24 sq mi)|
|Population (May 2014)|
|• Density||92.5/km2 (240/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|• Tree||Pinus densiflora|
|• Flower||Platycodon grandiflorus|
|• Bird||Green pheasant|
|Address||62 Hirabayashi, Ōhira-mura, Kurokawa-gun, Miyagi-ken 981-3692|
Ōhira (大衡村 Ōhira-mura?) is a village located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of May 2014, the village had an estimated population of 6,565 and a population density of 92.5 persons per km2. The total area was 60.19 km2.
Ōhira is located in west-central Miyagi Prefecture.
The area of present-day Ōhira was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jomon period by the Emishi people. Per the Shoku Nihongi, following a huge earthquake in the year 715 AD, a large number of people migrated to this area from the southern Kantō region, forming numerous fortified settlements. During the Sengoku period, the area was contested by various samurai clans before the area came under the control of the Date clan of Sendai Domain during the Edo period, under the Tokugawa shogunate.
The modern village of Ōhira was created on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the municipalities system.
The economy of Ōhira is largely based on agriculture, primarily the cultivation of rice. Toyota opened a new assembly plant in Ōhira on February 17, 2011, its first new plant in Japan in 18 years. The plant, (of the Central Motors), employing 900 people, assembles the Toyota Yaris and Corolla for both the domestic market and North America, with a capacity of 120,000 vehicles a year.
Ōhira is not currently served by any railway lines.
- JapanToday: Toyota celebrates rare opening of Japan plant
- Associated Press, "Toyota opens Tohoku plant", Japan Times, 18 February 2011, p. 7.
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