|— Village —|
|• Total||22.31 km2 (8.6 sq mi)|
|Population (October 2009)|
|• Density||369/km2 (955.7/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||Aomori-ken, Minamitsugaru-gun, Inakadate-mura, Nakatsuji 1
Inakadate (田舎館村 Inakadate-mura ) is a village located in the Minamitsugaru District of east-central Aomori Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan. As of 2009, the village had an estimated population of 8,421 and a density of 369 persons per km². Its total area was 22.31 km².
Inakadate occupies the flatlands within central Aomori. The village has a cold maritime climate characterized by cool short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall.
During the Edo period, the area around Inakadate was controlled by the Tsugaru clan of Hirosaki Domain. After the Meiji Restoration, it became part of Minamitsugaru District. On April 1, 1889, Inakadate was proclaimed as a village. On April 1, 1955, it annexed neighboring Kodaji Village, but lost a portion of its territory to Onoe Town on October 1, 1956.
The people were looking for a way to revitalize their village. Archaeology showed that rice had been grown in the area for more than 2000 years. To honor this history, the villagers started a rice field behind the town hall. The villagers cultivated and used four different types of heirloom and modern strains of rice to create a giant picture in the field. To allow viewing of the whole picture, a mock castle tower 22 meters high was erected at the village office. In 2006, more than 200,000 people visited the village to see the art.
The economy of Inakadate is heavily dependent on agriculture, notably rice and horticulture.
- East Japan Railway Company
- Kōnan Railway Company
Noted people from Fujisaki
- Tochinoumi Teruyoshi – sumo wrestler
- "Bizarre spectacle of the giant crop murals covering rice fields in Japan". Daily Mail. 2009-07-09. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1198381/Bizarre-spectacle-giant-crop-murals-covering-rice-fields-Japan.html. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- Hani, Yoko (2007-08-26). "Homegrown art". The Japan Times. http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20070826x1.html/. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
- (Japanese) Official Homepage
- Homegrown art - Rice paddy pictures from carefully planted different varieties of rice.
- (Japanese) 田舎館村/田んぼアート - More rice paddy art.
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