Sanmu City Hall
Location of Sanmu in Chiba Prefecture
|• Total||146.38 km2 (56.52 sq mi)|
|Population (April 1, 2012)|
|• Density||376/km2 (970/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|• Bird||Japanese bush-warbler|
|Address||296 Maidai, Sanmu-shi, Chiba-ken 289-1392|
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The modern city of Sanmu was established on March 27, 2006, from the merger of the towns of Sanbu, Matsuo and Narutō, and the village of Hasunuma (all from Sanbu District). The kanji for the city name are the same as for the former town of Sanbu, but is pronounced differently. Sanmu was damaged by a tsunami as a result of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
Due to mixed plantings of pine, Japanese cypress, and Japanese cedar, Sanmu was a center of wood production until 1923 at the end of the Taishō period. Many in the town remain active in the woodworking and carpentry trade. Small-scale agriculture in Sanmu produces a variety of fruits and vegetables, but the town is noted for carrots, watermelon, peanuts. The town also attracts tourists to its numerous strawberry farms. Sanmu serves as a bedroom community for nearby Chiba and Tokyo, and housing development continues in the city.
Noted people from Sanmu
- "Sanbu-machi". Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (日本大百科全書(ニッポニカ) "Large Encyclopedia of Japan (Nipponika)"). Tokyo: Netto Adobansusha. 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
- "Sanmu-shi". Dijitaru daijisen (デジタル大辞泉 "Digital Dictionary"). Tokyo: Netto Adobansusha. 2011. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2011-11-09.
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