Oirase Town Hall
Location of Oirase in Aomori Prefecture
|• Total||71.96 km2 (27.78 sq mi)|
|Population (February 1, 2017)|
|• Density||353/km2 (910/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Ginkgo biloba|
|Address||Naka-Shimoda 135-2, Oirase-machi, Kitakami-gun, Aomori-ken 039-2192|
Oirase (おいらせ町 Oirase-chō?) is a town located in Kamikita District of eastern Aomori Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan. As of 1 February 2017[update], the town had an estimated population of 25,377 and a population density of 353 persons per km², in 10,110 households. The total area of the town was 71.96 square kilometres (27.78 sq mi).
Oirase is located on the eastern coastline of Aomori Prefecture, facing the Pacific Ocean. The land is mostly flat or slightly hilly, and is watered by the Oirase River. The town has a cold maritime climate characterized by cool short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Oirase is 10.2 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1158 mm with September as the wettest month.The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 22.8 °C, and lowest in January, at around -1.6 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Oirase has steadily increased over the past 40 years.
During the Edo period, the area around Oirase was controlled by the Nambu clan of Morioka Domain, becoming part of the territories of Shichinohe Domain in the latter half of the Edo period. In the post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of April 1, 1889, the villages of Momoishi and Shimoda were created. Monoishi was elevated to town status on April 20, 1929 and Shimoda on August 1, 1969. The town of Oirase was established by the merger of the former towns of Momoishi and Shimoda, on March 1, 2006. The town was named after the Oirase River.
The economy of Oirase is heavily dependent on agriculture, with main crops including rice, strawberries, Japanese yam and carrots. The town has become commercially more vibrant with the construction of AEON Group, Jusco Shopping center in 1995 and the spin-off retailing this has attracted. The major local industry is Momokawa Brewing, Inc, a nationally-known sake brewer. Oirase also serves as a bedroom community for the nearby cities of Misawa and Hachinohe.
Oirase has five public elementary schools and three public middle schools operated by the town government. The town has one public high school operated by the Aomori Prefectural Board of Education.
Noted people from Oirase
- Shingo Mimura - politician
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