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Iwata (磐田市, Iwata-shi) is a city located in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, widely known as the headquarters of the Yamaha Motor Corporation. Iwata is also home to Júbilo Iwata, a J. League soccer team, as well as Yamaha Jubilo, a rugby team.

Iwata

磐田市
Iwata City Hall
Iwata City Hall
Flag of Iwata
Flag
Official seal of Iwata
Seal
Location of Iwata in Shizuoka Prefecture
Location of Iwata in Shizuoka Prefecture
Iwata is located in Japan
Iwata
Iwata
 
Coordinates: 34°43′4.4″N 137°51′5.5″E / 34.717889°N 137.851528°E / 34.717889; 137.851528Coordinates: 34°43′4.4″N 137°51′5.5″E / 34.717889°N 137.851528°E / 34.717889; 137.851528
CountryJapan
RegionChūbu (Tōkai)
PrefectureShizuoka Prefecture
Government
 • MayorOsamu Watanabe
Area
 • Total163.45 km2 (63.11 sq mi)
Population
 (March 2018)
 • Total166,671
 • Density1,020/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
TreeCamphor
FlowerAzalea
BirdBlue Rock-thrush
Phone number0538-37-4827
Address3-1, Kōnodai, Iwata-shi, Shizuoka-ken 438-8650
Websitewww.city.iwata.shizuoka.jp

As of March 2018, the city had an estimated population of 166,671 and a population density was 1,020 persons per km2. The total area was 163.45 square kilometres (63.11 sq mi).

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GeographyEdit

Iwata is located in southwestern Shizuoka Prefecture, bordered by the Tenryū River to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the south.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

HistoryEdit

Iwata is an ancient settlement, and contains the ruins of the Nara period provincial capital and Kokubun-ji of Tōtōmi province. During the Edo period, it developed as a post station on the Tokaidō and contained Mitsuke-juku, one of the 53 stations on the road.

On the North exit of JR Iwata station, the Great Camphor tree of Zendoji temple is situated. It was once a part of Zendoji temple and it is believed to be 700 years old. Its height is 18.3 meters and its diameter at chest height is 2.87 meters. The root structure bulges out of the ground creating a second level, and the circumference at the portion touching the surface is 32.9 meters.

 
The Great Camphor tree of Zendoji temple situated on North exit of Iwata station.

During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period on October 1, 1889, Mitsuke Village of Iwata District becomes Mitsuke Town. On the same day, Nakaizumi Village and Ninomiya Village merged to form Nakaizumi Town. These two towns merged on November 1, 1940 with Saikai Village and Tenryū Village to form the new town of Iwata. Iwata Town became Iwata City on April 1, 1948.

On April 1, 2005, the towns of Fukude, Ryūyō and Toyoda, and the village of Toyooka (all from Iwata District) were merged into Iwata City.

EconomyEdit

The economy of Iwata is primarily agricultural and is known for green tea and melons grown in greenhouses, which are called "Iwata melon". The Yamaha Corporation was founded in Iwata and maintains a strong presence in the city. Yamaha Motor's headquarters is in Iwata. Suzuki Motor Corporation has a vehicle assembly plant in Iwata.

EducationEdit

Iwata has 23 elementary schools, 11 middle schools and five high schools, as well as two special education schools. There are also two international schools, the CEP Brasil – Centro Educacional e ProfissionalizanteBrazilian school[1] and the Escola Objetivo de Iwata Tia Rosa, a Brazilian primary school[1]

Iwata formerly hosted another Brazilian school, a primary school called Escola Nipo-Brasileira de Iwata.[2]

TransportationEdit

Sister City relationsEdit

Notable people from IwataEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.
  2. ^ "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. February 7, 2008. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  4. ^ "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015.

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