Uchinada, Ishikawa

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Uchinada
内灘町
Town
内灘町 ・ Uchinada Town
Uchinada Town Hall
Uchinada Town Hall
Flag of Uchinada
Flag
Official seal of Uchinada
Seal
Location of Uchinada in Ishikawa Prefecture
Location of Uchinada in Ishikawa Prefecture
Uchinada is located in Japan
Uchinada
Uchinada
Location of Uchinada in Ishikawa Prefecture
Coordinates: 36°39′1.77″N 136°38′53.12″E / 36.6504917°N 136.6480889°E / 36.6504917; 136.6480889Coordinates: 36°39′1.77″N 136°38′53.12″E / 36.6504917°N 136.6480889°E / 36.6504917; 136.6480889
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Hokuriku
Prefecture Ishikawa Prefecture
District Kahoku
Established 1962
Government
 • Mayor Yasode Yasunari 八十出泰成
Area
 • Total 20.38 km2 (7.87 sq mi)
Elevation 20 m (70 ft)
Population (December 31, 2009)
 • Total 26,787
 • Density 1,311.0/km2 (3,395/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Area code(s) 076
Town symbols  
• Tree Japanese black pine
• Flower Japanese rose
• Bird Eastern marsh harrier
Address 1-2-1 Daigaku, Uchinada-machi, Kahoku-gun, Ishikawa-ken
920-0292
Website www.town.uchinada.lg.jp

Uchinada (内灘町?, Uchinada-machi) is a small beach town located in Kahoku District, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It is a suburb of Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture.

Demographics[edit]

As of December 31, 2009, the town has an estimated population of 26,787 and a density of 1,311 persons per km2. The total area is 20.38 km2.

The town's population rose to 10,000 in 1969, exceeding 20,000 in 1979, and has continued to rise since then.

The birthrate is 0.57 babies per day (208 babies per year).

The mortality rate is 0.52 persons per day (189 persons per year).

15.4 percent of the population (4,115 persons) are aged 14 and younger.

18.3 percent of the population (4,901 persons) are aged 65 and above.

Town Symbols[edit]

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Uchinada's town logo is a stylized version of the Japanese character "u" (う) representing the town's name. Its circular shape symbolizes a single ring of connectedness in the community, as well as the town's progress into the future.

Town tree: Japanese black pine[edit]

As a town built upon sand dunes, windblown sand in Uchinada was once a major source of distress. The Japanese black pines, which are planted along the coastline, serve as a protective wall against sand and wind.

Town bird: eastern marsh harrier[edit]

The harrier, which makes its home in the areas surrounding the Kahoku Lagoon, is said to be valiant and wise. Its figure in mid-flight symbolizes the town's rapid progress into the future.

Town flower: Japanese rose (rugosa)[edit]

While the rose may seem beautiful and elegant, it also possesses traits of endurance and strength through severe conditions.

Geographical Features[edit]

Uchinada sits in a typical seaside sand-dune environment, lacking any major mountains or rivers, with an average elevation of 20 meters. The highest point of elevation reaches 58.51 meters, with a dynamic landscape formed by the constant forming and reforming of sand dunes, both new and old. Along the edge of the sand dunes, there are remnants of black soil dating from the end of the Jomon Period to the beginning of the Kofun Period.

The town is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan, on the south by Kanazawa City, on the east by Tsubata Town and the Kahoku Lagoon, and on the north by Kahoku City.

East-West span: 2.9 km North-South span: 9.0 km

Events and Facilities[edit]

Elementary Schools:

Tsurugaoka Elementary Mukaiawagasaki Elementary Nishiaraiya Elementary Seikou Elementary Onebu Elementary

Middle School: Uchinada Middle

High School: Uchinada High

World Kite Festival[edit]

Uchinada is internationally known for its World Kite Festival which occurs annually on May 3 and 4.[citation needed] People from around Japan and the world gather on the shores of Uchinada's beaches every year to fly kites during this festival. The 2011 World Kite Festival was cancelled out of solidarity for the victims of the great Eastern Japan earthquake disaster, which happened on March 11, 2011. International delegations are invited to display their kites, and compete in contests.

Acacia Romantic Festival[edit]

This festival occurs every year in mid-May when the blossoms from the false acacia trees shielding the town from sand and wind are in full bloom. It consists of a flea market on the 2.1 km Forest Promenade in the morning and a series of performances by various associations in the town at the nearby Hamanasu Dinosaur Park starting at noon.

Uchinada Multipurpose Park[edit]

Along with a variety of sports facilities, such as tennis courts, a baseball field, ground golf range, and a heated indoor pool, the park's giant pirate ship playground (named the "Sunset Ship"), barbecue pits, and observation tower make this one of the most popular spots in the town. Besides that, there are 71 parks in the town and 17 community halls.

Uchinada's History and Development[edit]

Remains of earthenware pots found in the sand dunes of Uchinada reveal the existence of humans living in the area since the Jomon period. The area continued to be settled since the Middle Ages, but the name "Uchinada" did not appear in history books until 1952, with the occurrence of the United States Military Firing Ground Condemnation Conflict. The condemnation and opposition movement associated with this conflict were referred to as "The Uchinada Conflict," which continued until the complete withdrawal of the United States military in the area in 1957. Stagnation in the fishing industry, a major source of life support for the townspeople, led to the redevelopment of an agricultural promotion policy and the execution of the Kahoku Lagoon Land Reclamation Project. Uchinada was officially established as a town in 1962, and with the ensuing changes to its industrial structure, the town has continued to be vitalized by its domestic industrial fiber industry, the development of residential areas、and the construction of the Medical School of Kanazawa in Uchinada.

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