Taiwa, Miyagi

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Taiwa
大和町
Town
Nanatsu Mori Forest, Omatsuzawa, Sasakurayama, Miyatoko Dam, Minamikawa Dam
Nanatsu Mori Forest, Omatsuzawa, Sasakurayama, Miyatoko Dam, Minamikawa Dam
Flag of Taiwa
Flag
Official seal of Taiwa
Seal
Location of Taiwa in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Taiwa in Miyagi Prefecture
Taiwa is located in Japan
Taiwa
Taiwa
 
Coordinates: 38°26′14.4″N 140°53′10.9″E / 38.437333°N 140.886361°E / 38.437333; 140.886361Coordinates: 38°26′14.4″N 140°53′10.9″E / 38.437333°N 140.886361°E / 38.437333; 140.886361
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Miyagi
District Kurokawa
Area
 • Total 225.49 km2 (87.06 sq mi)
Population (May 31, 2017)
 • Total 28,726
 • Density 127/km2 (330/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Maple
- Flower Azalea
Phone number 022-345-1111
Address 1-1 Yoshioka Nishi-Enoki, Taiwa-chō, Kurokawa-gun, Miyagi-ken 981-3680
Website http://www.town.taiwa.miyagi.jp/
Taiwa Town Hall

Taiwa (大和町, Taiwa-chō) is a town located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 May 2017, the town had an estimated population of 28,716, and a population density of 127 persons per km² in 11,589 households.[1] The total area of the town is 225.49 square kilometres (87.06 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Taiwa is located in central Miyagi Prefecture, bordered to the south by the metropolis of Sendai. Much of the area of the town is forested. The town has a climate characterized by cool summers and long cold winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Taiwa is 11.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1292 mm with September as the wettest month.The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.5 °C, and lowest in January, at around -0.3 °C.[2]

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Taiwa has expanded rapidly over the past 20 years.

Census Year Population
1970 18,028
1980 18,662
1990 18,814
2000 24,419
2010 28,244

History[edit]

The area of present-day Taiwa was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jōmon period by the Emishi people. Numerous kofun were built in the area during the Kofun period. During later portion of the Heian period, the area was ruled by the Northern Fujiwara. During the Sengoku period, the area was contested by various samurai clans before the area came under the control of the Date clan of Sendai Domain during the Edo period, under the Tokugawa shogunate. Yoshioka-juku developed as a major post station on the Ōshū Kaidō during this time.

The modern town of Taiwa was created on April 20, 1955, as a result of a merger between the town of Yoshioka, and the villages of Miyatoko, Yoshida, Tsurusu, and Ochiai, all within Kurokawa District.

Economy[edit]

Taiwa contains a number of industrial parks, and has a strong manufacturing base.

Education[edit]

  • Miyagi University
  • Taiwa has six public elementary schools and two public high schools operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Taiwa is not currently served by any passenger railway lines.

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Taiwa, Miyagi at Wikimedia Commons