Shiroishi, Saga

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Shiroishi
白石町
Town
Shiroishi town hall
Shiroishi town hall
Flag of Shiroishi
Flag
Official seal of Shiroishi
Symbol
Location of Shiroishi in Saga Prefecture
Location of Shiroishi in Saga Prefecture
Shiroishi is located in Japan
Shiroishi
Shiroishi
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°9′N 130°7′E / 33.150°N 130.117°E / 33.150; 130.117Coordinates: 33°9′N 130°7′E / 33.150°N 130.117°E / 33.150; 130.117
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Saga Prefecture
District Kishima
Government
 • Mayor Hiroaki Katafuchi
Area
 • Total 99.46 km2 (38.40 sq mi)
Population (October 1, 2016)
 • Total 23,606
 • Density 240/km2 (610/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Sweet Osmanthus
 • Flower Iris
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 253-1 Ōaza Sakata, Shiroishi-chō, Kishima-gun, Saga-ken
849-1292
Website www.town.shiroishi.lg.jp

Shiroishi (白石町?, Shiroishi-chō) is a town located in Kishima District, Saga Prefecture, Japan.

On January 1, 2005 Shiroshi absorbed the towns of Fukudomi and Ariake, all from Kishima District, to become the new and expanded town of Shiroshi.

Geography[edit]

85% of the total area of Shiroishi is farmland. The town borders the Ariake Sea on the southeast. Much of the land near the Ariake Sea is reclaimed.

Climate[edit]

  • Annual Mean Air Temperature: 16˚C (60.8˚F)
  • Annual Mean Precipitation: about 1450 mm (57 in)

Adjoining Cities and Municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

  • April 1, 1889 - The modern municipal system is established. At this time Shiroishi consists of nine separate villages: Hashishita, Fukudomi, Fukuji, Kinkō, Kita-Ariake, Minami-Ariake, Rokkaku, Ryūō, and Suko.
  • April 1, 1936 - Fukuji gains town status and is renamed Shiroishi.
  • April 1, 1955 - Kinkō and Ryūō merge to form Ariake.
  • July 20, 1955 - Rokkaku and Suko are incorporated into Shiroishi.
  • September 30, 1955 - Minami-Ariake is incorporated into Ariake.
  • July 1, 1956 - Kita-Ariake is incorporated into Shiroishi.
  • October 1, 1962 - Ariake gains town status.
  • April 1, 1967 - Fukudomi gains town status.
  • January 1, 2005 - The towns of Shiroishi, Fukudomi, and Ariake are merged under the name Shiroishi.

Demographics[edit]

27.01% of the population (7,437) are 65 or older. In 2005 there were 183 births and 322 deaths, 624 immigrants and 805 emigrants, indicating a negative population growth.

Economy[edit]

Agriculture[edit]

Shiroishi is a very agricultural community. Some of their agricultural products include tempe, renkon, strawberries, onions, rice, and beef.

Education[edit]

High Schools[edit]

(prefectural)

  • Shiroishi High School
  • Saga Agricultural School

Junior High Schools[edit]

  • Shiroishi Junior High School
  • Fukudomi Junior High School
  • Ariake Junior High School

Elementary Schools[edit]

  • Suko Elementary School
  • Rokkaku Elementary School
  • Shiroishi Elementary School
  • Hokumei Elementary School
  • Fukudomi Elementary School
  • Ariake East Elementary School
  • Ariake West Elementary School
  • Ariake South Elementary School

Transportation[edit]

Air[edit]

The closest airports are Saga Airport and Fukuoka Airport.

Rail[edit]

Roads[edit]

Festivals[edit]

  • Yasaka Shrine Summer Festival (八坂神社 夏祭り?, yasakajinja natsumatsuri), July 13 - Floats are pulled down the main shopping district in the tradition of the Kyoto Gion Festival.
  • Hassaku (八朔?), October 1 - A fall festival celebrating the sea at Kaidou Shrine.
  • Okunchi (おくんち?), October 19 - This fall festival is held at the Tsumayama, Rokkaku, Inasa, and Fukudomi shrines. It features Japanese horseback archery, called yabusame.
  • Ohitaki Festival (お火たき祭り?, ohitakimatsuri), December 26 - A bonfire festival where people pray for the coming year.

Notable Places[edit]

  • Utagaki Park (歌垣公園?, utagaki kouen), a park with many flowers.
  • Inasa Shrine (稲佐神社?, inasa jinja), an old shrine in the mountains west of Shiroishi. Of particular note is the stone paved road leading to the shrine.
  • Fukudomi My Land Park (ふくどみマイランド公園?, fukudomi mairando kouen) a park and playground.

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