Asagiri, Kumamoto

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Asagiri
あさぎり町
Town
Asagiri Town
Asagiri Town
Flag of Asagiri
Flag
Official seal of Asagiri
Symbol
Location of Asagiri in Kumamoto Prefecture
Location of Asagiri in Kumamoto Prefecture
Asagiri is located in Japan
Asagiri
Asagiri
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 32°14′N 130°54′E / 32.233°N 130.900°E / 32.233; 130.900Coordinates: 32°14′N 130°54′E / 32.233°N 130.900°E / 32.233; 130.900
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Kumamoto Prefecture
District Kuma
Area
 • Total 159.56 km2 (61.61 sq mi)
Population (April 1, 2017)
 • Total 15,796
 • Density 99/km2 (260/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Buna (Japanese beech)
 • Flower Ryoukinka (Marsh marigold)
 • Bird Eurasian skylark
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 熊本県球磨郡あさぎり町免田東1199番地
868-0408
Website www.asagiri-town.net

Asagiri (あさぎり町?, Asagiri-chō) is a town located in Kuma District, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan.

As of April 2017, the town has an estimated population of 15,796.[1] The total area is 159.49 km².

Asagiri was created by the merger of 5 smaller towns and villages on April 1, 2003. Those included the town of Menda, and the villages of Ōkaharu, Ue, Sue and Fukada, all from Kuma District. Soybeans, strawberries, melons and tobacco are also produced here.

Asagiri is in the Kuma District region where shōchū, a popular rice alcohol is produced and consumed.

The village of Sue (now part of Asagiri) was the topic of a 1939 text, Suye Mura, a Japanese Village by John Embree.

The word "asagiri" translates as "morning mist".

Geography[edit]

Mt. Shiragatake is a designated nature reserve.

  • Mountains: Shiragatake
  • Rivers: Kuma river

Adjacent municipalities[edit]

  • Kumamoto prefecture:
    • Nishiki town
    • Taragi town
    • Sagara village
  • Miyazaki prefecture
    • Ebino city

Area names[edit]

Names inside the parenthesis () are the old village names before the merger in 2003.

  • East Ue – Uehigashi (Uemura, Ueko)
  • North Ue – Uekita (Uemura, Ueotsu)
  • South Ue – Ueminami (Uemura, Uehei)
  • West Ue – Uenishi (Uemura, Uetei)
  • Minagoe (Ue village, Minagoe)
  • North Okaharu – Okaharukita (Okaharumura, Miyahara)
  • South Okaharu – Okaharuminami (Okaharumura, Okamoto)
  • Sue (Sue village)
  • North Fukada – Fukadakita (Fukadamura)
  • West Fukada (Fukadamura)
  • East Fukada (Fukadamura)
  • South Fukada (Fukadamura)
  • East Menda (Mendamachi-ko)
  • West Menda (Mendamachi-otsu)

History[edit]

Development[edit]

  • April 1, 1889: The towns and villages became designated areas.
    • Within Kuma district: Ue village, Minagoe village, Menda village, Okaharu village, Sue village, and Fukada village
  • December 7, 1895: Minagoe village was incorporated into Ue village
  • April 1, 1937: Menda village became Menda town (Menda machi)
  • April 1, 2003: The Kuma district villages of Ue, Okaharu, Sue, Fukada and town of Menda merged to create Asagiri-town. The name was chosen because for the fog that blankets the valley from fall through spring.(Asa – morning, kiri/giri – fog)

Government[edit]

Mayor[edit]

  • First mayor: Indou Takuichiro: April 27, 2003 – April 26, 2007
  • Second mayor: Aikou Kazunori: April 27, 2007 – incumbent, second term

Economy[edit]

As of 2004, the total town production was 430 billion yen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official website of Asagiri Town" (in Japanese). Japan: Asagiri Town. Retrieved 1 May 2017. 

External links[edit]