Anamizu, Ishikawa

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Anamizu

穴水町
Anamizu Town Hall
Anamizu Town Hall
Flag of Anamizu
Flag
Official logo of Anamizu
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Location of Anamizu in Ishikawa Prefecture
Location of Anamizu in Ishikawa Prefecture
Anamizu is located in Japan
Anamizu
Anamizu
 
Coordinates: 37°13′51.3″N 136°54′44.2″E / 37.230917°N 136.912278°E / 37.230917; 136.912278Coordinates: 37°13′51.3″N 136°54′44.2″E / 37.230917°N 136.912278°E / 37.230917; 136.912278
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu
Hokuriku
PrefectureIshikawa
DistrictHōsu
Area
 • Total183.21 km2 (70.74 sq mi)
Population
 (February 1, 2018)
 • Total17,840
 • Density97/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
- TreeHiba
- FlowerLilium japonicum
- BirdCrested kingfisher
- FishGreen pheasant
Phone number0768-62-1000
Address174 Kawajima, Anamizu-machi, Hōsu-gun, Ishikawa-ken 927-0492
WebsiteOfficial website

Anamizu (穴水町, Anamizu-machi) is a town located in Hōsu District (formerly Fugeshi District), Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 February 2018, the town had an estimated population of 17,840 in 7,689 households, and a population density of 65 persons per km2.[1] The total area of the town was 183.21 square kilometres (70.74 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Anamizu occupies the southeastern coastline of Noto Peninsula, facing the Sea of Japan on the east and south. Anamizu has a humid continental climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Anamizu is 13.5 °C. The average annual rainfall is 2,352 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 25.8 °C, and lowest in January, at around 2.9 °C.[2]

Parts of the town are within the limits of the Noto Hantō Quasi-National Park.

Neighbouring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Anamizu has declined over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 15,488
1980 14,044
1990 12,831
2000 11,267
2010 9,735

History[edit]

The area around Anamizu was part of ancient Noto Province. During the Sengoku Period (1467–1568), the area was contested between the Hatakeyama clan, Uesugi clan and Maeda clan, with the area becoming part of Kaga Domain under the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. Following the Meiji restoration, the area was organised into Fugeshi District, Ishikawa. The village of Anamizu was established on April 1, 1889 with the establishment of the modern municipalities system. It was raised to town status on August 10, 1903. Anamizu annexed the neighbouring villages of Shimazaki and Tobo on April 1, 1908; the villages of Kabuto and Sumiyoshi on March 31, 1954; and the village of Morohashi on March 10, 1955.

Anamizu and its surrounding area experienced the 2007 Noto earthquake on March 25, 2007.[4]

Economy[edit]

The economy of Anamizu is based on agriculture and commercial fishing.

Education[edit]

Anamizu has two public elementary schools and one public middle school operated by the town government, and one public high school operated by the Ishikawa Prefectural Board of Education.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Nototetsudo logo.jpg Noto Railway - Nanao Line

Highway[edit]

National Route 249
National Route 470

Local attractions[edit]

  • Anamizu's symbol is the Boramachi Yagura (ボラ待ちやぐら), a distinctive wooden fishing structure of which there is one in the Noto Bay on both the southern and northern borders of Anamizu town.

Events[edit]

  • The last weekend in January is the Anamizu Oyster Festival (カキまつり). At this festival, guests can purchase oysters or other foods from stalls and cook them on grills near the center of the venue.[5] The venue changes every year but was held at the Anamizu Harbour Asunaro (穴水港湾あすなろ広場) in 2010.
  • The third weekend in August is the celebration of Percival Lowell's contribution to astronomy and his time spent in the Noto peninsula. The main shopping street is lit with hundreds of candles and visitors can enjoy live music and food stalls.
  • In the last week in October, the Anamizu Harvest Festival is celebrated. A few small stalls line the main shopping street in the town and visitors can enjoy some speciality foods.
  • The Anamizu Town Festival (文化祭) is held the first weekend in November with events held all around the town, especially at the Noto Culture Centre.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official website of Anamizu Town" (in Japanese). Japan: Anamizu Town. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  2. ^ Anamizu climate data
  3. ^ Anamizu population statistics
  4. ^ Horikawa, H., 2008. Characterization of the 2007 Noto Hanto, Japan, earthquake. Earth Planets Space 60, 1017-1022
  5. ^ "Anamizu Oyster Festival". Thirt-six Views. 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2015-05-31.

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