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Location of Esashi in Iwate Prefecture
|Merged||February 20, 2006|
(now part of Ōshū)
|• Total||362.50 km2 (139.96 sq mi)|
(September 1, 2005)
|• Density||89.54/km2 (231.9/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Zelkova serrata|
|• Bird||Common cuckoo|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (JST)|
Esashi village was created within Esashi District on April 1, 1899 with the establishment of the municipalities system. On February 10, 1955, it annexed the neighboring town of Iwayado and the villages of Inase, Atago, Tahara, Hirose, Sunagawa, Tamasato, Fujisato, Yonesato and Ide to form Esashi town. Esashi was raised to city status on November 3, 1958.
On February 20, 2006, Esashi, along with the city of Mizusawa, the towns of Isawa and Maesawa, and the village of Koromogawa (all from Isawa District), was merged to create the city of Ōshū, and no longer exists as an independent municipality.
- Esashi contains a number of artifacts pertaining to the Northern Fujiwara clan, which dominated the Tohoku region in the Heian period. The Esashi Fujiwara no Sato is a theme park featuring buildings such as fortifications, palace structures, and government offices, which have been recreated to the past design.
- Kurofune Square is a collection of black-and-white buildings. In style, these structures resemble storerooms. This feature of the design was chosen to impart uniformity to the stores housed in these buildings and to create a streetscape that would be unique to Esashi.
- Esashi Kinsatsumai is one of the most sought-after rice varieties in Japan.