Shimotsuma, Ibaraki

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Shimotsuma
下妻市
City
Shimotsuma city hall
Shimotsuma city hall
Flag of Shimotsuma
Flag
Official seal of Shimotsuma
Seal
Location of Shimotsuma in Ibaraki Prefecture
Location of Shimotsuma in Ibaraki Prefecture
北緯36度11分3.9秒東経139度58分2.9秒
北緯36度11分3.9秒東経139度58分2.9秒
Shimotsuma
 
Coordinates: 36°11′3.9″N 139°58′2.9″E / 36.184417°N 139.967472°E / 36.184417; 139.967472Coordinates: 36°11′3.9″N 139°58′2.9″E / 36.184417°N 139.967472°E / 36.184417; 139.967472
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Ibaraki Prefecture
Area
 • Total 80.88 km2 (31.23 sq mi)
Population (September 2015)
 • Total 43,207
 • Density 534/km2 (1,380/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Pine
- Flower Chrysanthemum
Phone number 0296-43-2111
Address 2-22Honjo-cho, Shimotsuma-shi, Ibaraki-ken 304-8501
Website Official website

Shimotsuma (下妻市, Shimotsuma-shi?) is a city located in Yūki District, Ibaraki Prefecture, in the northern Kantō region of Japan. As of September 2015, the city had an estimated population of 42,484 and a population density of 236 persons per km². Its total area was 180.06  km².

Geography[edit]

Shimotsuma is located in western Ibaraki Prefecture. The Kinugawa River flows through the city.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

Shimotsuma developed as a castle town from the Muromachi period. It was the center of Shimotsuma Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate during the Edo period. The modern town of Shimotsuma was established on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the municipalities system. It was elevated to city status on January 1, 1955.

On January 1, 2006, the village of Chiyokawa (from Yūki District) was merged into Shimotsuma.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Shimotsuma is primarily agricultural.

Education[edit]

Shimotsuma has ten elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools in addition to one special education school. A Brazilian school Escola Pingo de Gente was formerly located in Shimotsuma.[1] It has since been renamed to Instituto Educare and moved to Tsukuba.[2]

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Noted people from Shimotsuma[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The city is the setting of Takemoto Novala's novel Shimotsuma Monogatari (also known as “Kamikaze Girls”), and the manga and film of that name. The movie was filmed on location in Shimotsuma.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.
  2. ^ "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. February 7, 2008. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "Joso Line". Kanto Railway-Stations. Retrieved 2007-06-20. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Shimotsuma, Ibaraki at Wikimedia Commons