Shiroishi, Miyagi

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Shiroishi
白石市
City
Shiroishi montage, Top:Zao Mount Range and Shiroishi River, Middle left:Shiroishi Castle, Middle upper right:Kamasaka Spa, Middle lower right:Yajiro Kokeshi, Bottom left:Shiroishi Hot Noodle (Onmen), Bottom right:A memorial place of Katakura's family
Shiroishi montage, Top:Zao Mount Range and Shiroishi River, Middle left:Shiroishi Castle, Middle upper right:Kamasaka Spa, Middle lower right:Yajiro Kokeshi, Bottom left:Shiroishi Hot Noodle (Onmen), Bottom right:A memorial place of Katakura's family
Flag of Shiroishi
Flag
Official seal of Shiroishi
Seal
Location of Shiroishi in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Shiroishi in Miyagi Prefecture
Shiroishi is located in Japan
Shiroishi
Shiroishi
 
Coordinates: 38°0′8.89″N 140°37′10.81″E / 38.0024694°N 140.6196694°E / 38.0024694; 140.6196694Coordinates: 38°0′8.89″N 140°37′10.81″E / 38.0024694°N 140.6196694°E / 38.0024694; 140.6196694
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Miyagi
Government
 • -Mayor Yūichi Yamada
Area
 • Total 286.48 km2 (110.61 sq mi)
Population (September 2017)
 • Total 34,856
 • Density 121.7/km2 (315/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols  
• Tree Japanese beech
• Flower Kerria
• Bird Japanese bush-warbler
Phone number 0224-25-2111
Address 1-1 Ōtemachi, Shiroishi-shi, Miyagi-ken 989-0292
Website http://www.city.shiroishi.miyagi.jp/
Shiroishi City Hall

Shiroishi (白石市, Shiroishi-shi) is a city in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 30 September 2017, the city had an estimated population of 34,856, and a population density of 121.7 persons per km2 in 14,198 households.[1] The total area of the city is 286.48 square kilometres (110.61 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Shiroishi is in southern Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan, bordered by Fukushima Prefecture to the south. The southern peak of Mount Zaō is within the city borders.

Panorama view of Shiroishi

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Shiroishi peaked at around the year 1990, and has declined since.

Census Year Population
1970 40,886
1980 41,725
1990 42,262
2000 40,793
2010 37,422

Climate[edit]

Shiroishi has a humid climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Shiroishi is 11.4 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1292 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.4 °C, and lowest in January, at around -0.2 °C.[3]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Shiroishi was part of ancient Mutsu Province and was under control of the Date clan of Sendai Domain during the Edo period, under the Tokugawa shogunate. During the Boshin War of the Meiji Restoration, Shiroishi Castle was the site of a battle between the pro-imperial and pro-Tokugawa forces of the Ōuetsu Reppan Dōmei. After the end of the Boshin War, the Nambu clan of Morioka Domain was briefly relocated to a reduced domain centered on Shiroishi by the Meiji government.

The town of Shiroishi was established on June 1, 1889 with the establishment of the post-Meiji restoration modern municipalities system. The villages of Odaira, Otakasawa, Kosugo, Saikawa, Shirakawa and Fukuoka merged with Shiroishi on April 1, 1954, which was then raised to city status. The village of Obara was annexed to Shiroishi on March 31, 1957.[4]

Government[edit]

Shiroishi has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 18 members.[5]

Economy[edit]

Shiroishi has a mixed economy, dominated by light manufacturing of electronics, automotive components and food processing. Agriculture is dominated by rice cultivation on the flatlands and horticulture in more hilly areas.

Education[edit]

Shiroishi has ten public elementary schools and five public middle schools operated by the city government and two public high schools operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education. The prefecture also operates two special education schools.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highways[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Sister city relations[edit]

Noted people from Shiroishi[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shiroish city official statistics (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Shiroishi population statistics
  3. ^ Shiroishi climate data
  4. ^ Shiroishi home page
  5. ^ Shioishi City Council home page(in Japanese)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
  7. ^ Yamamura, Takayoshi (2018). "Pop culture contents and historical heritage: case of heritage revitalization through 'contents tourism' in Shiroishi city". Contemporary Japan. 30 (2). doi:10.1080/18692729.2018.1460049.
  8. ^ http://en.japantravel.com/miyagi/zao-fox-village/10167
  9. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2014-08-21. Shiroishi home page
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2014-08-21. Shiroishi home page

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