Kami, Kōchi

Kami (香美市, Kami-shi) is a city located in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 July 2022, the city had an estimated population of 25,562 in 13212 households and a population density of 48 persons per km².[1]The total area of the city is 537.86 square kilometres (207.67 sq mi).

Kami
香美市
View of Kami
View of Kami
Flag of Kami
Official seal of Kami
Location of Kami in Kōchi Prefecture
Location of Kami
Kami is located in Japan
Kami
Kami
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°36′N 133°41′E / 33.600°N 133.683°E / 33.600; 133.683Coordinates: 33°36′N 133°41′E / 33.600°N 133.683°E / 33.600; 133.683
CountryJapan
RegionShikoku
PrefectureKōchi
Government
 • MayorKoichiro Yorimitsu
Area
 • Total537.86 km2 (207.67 sq mi)
Population
 (July 1, 2022)
 • Total25,562
 • Density48/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address1-chome, Takaramachi, Tosayamada-cho, Kami-shi, Kochi-ken782-0034
ClimateCfa
WebsiteOfficial website
Kami City Hall
Aerial view of Kami city center

GeographyEdit

Kami is located in the eastern part of Kōchi Prefecture. It is the only city in Kōchi prefecture that does not face the sea.

Neighbouring municipalitiesEdit

Kōchi Prefecture

Tokushima Prefecture

ClimateEdit

The climate in the region is warm and temperate, with significant rainfall throughout the year, even in the driest months. January is considered the month with the least amount of rainfall, around 73.0 mm (2.87 in). July is the wettest month, with an average of 473.9 mm (18.66 in). The average annual rainfall is around 2,981.9 mm (117.40 in).[2]

The average annual temperature is 15.2 °C (59.4 °F). August is the warmest month, with an average temperature of 26.0 °C (78.8 °F), and January is the coldest month, reaching an average of 4.6 °C (40.3 °F). According to the Köppen and Geiger climate classification, the climate in that locality is classified as Cfa (humid subtropical climate).[2]

Climate data for Kami (1991−2020 normals, extremes 1977−present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 19.1
(66.4)
22.7
(72.9)
25.2
(77.4)
29.4
(84.9)
32.0
(89.6)
34.2
(93.6)
37.4
(99.3)
38.5
(101.3)
35.6
(96.1)
30.5
(86.9)
24.8
(76.6)
22.3
(72.1)
38.5
(101.3)
Average high °C (°F) 9.7
(49.5)
11.1
(52.0)
14.8
(58.6)
20.1
(68.2)
24.5
(76.1)
26.8
(80.2)
30.7
(87.3)
31.9
(89.4)
28.4
(83.1)
23.4
(74.1)
17.5
(63.5)
11.9
(53.4)
20.9
(69.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.6
(40.3)
5.6
(42.1)
8.9
(48.0)
13.8
(56.8)
18.3
(64.9)
21.6
(70.9)
25.3
(77.5)
26.0
(78.8)
22.8
(73.0)
17.4
(63.3)
11.7
(53.1)
6.5
(43.7)
15.2
(59.4)
Average low °C (°F) 0.5
(32.9)
1.2
(34.2)
3.9
(39.0)
8.4
(47.1)
13.0
(55.4)
17.6
(63.7)
21.5
(70.7)
22.0
(71.6)
18.8
(65.8)
12.9
(55.2)
7.2
(45.0)
2.4
(36.3)
10.8
(51.4)
Record low °C (°F) −7.2
(19.0)
−7.1
(19.2)
−4.2
(24.4)
−0.6
(30.9)
2.8
(37.0)
8.1
(46.6)
13.3
(55.9)
14.6
(58.3)
7.7
(45.9)
2.6
(36.7)
−1.1
(30.0)
−4.3
(24.3)
−7.2
(19.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 73.0
(2.87)
123.9
(4.88)
189.0
(7.44)
231.8
(9.13)
260.1
(10.24)
383.5
(15.10)
473.9
(18.66)
391.8
(15.43)
395.6
(15.57)
208.7
(8.22)
123.5
(4.86)
101.2
(3.98)
2,981.9
(117.40)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 7.5 8.4 11.0 10.4 10.8 14.8 13.7 12.6 12.6 9.3 7.8 7.0 125.9
Mean monthly sunshine hours 156.9 153.5 176.0 193.0 193.2 130.0 152.9 178.3 146.9 167.8 154.2 154.8 1,957.4
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency[3][2]

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data, the population of Kami in 2020 is 26,513 people.[4] Kami has been conducting censuses since 1960.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1960 43,319—    
1965 39,238−9.4%
1970 35,553−9.4%
1975 34,482−3.0%
1980 33,878−1.8%
1985 34,016+0.4%
1990 32,401−4.7%
1995 31,076−4.1%
2000 31,175+0.3%
2005 30,257−2.9%
2010 28,772−4.9%
2015 27,513−4.4%
2020 26,513−3.6%
Kami population statistics[4]

HistoryEdit

As with all of Kōchi Prefecture, the area of Kami was part of ancient Tosa Province. During the Edo period, the area was part of the holdings of Tosa Domain ruled by the Yamauchi clan from their seat at Kōchi Castle. The area was organized into villages within Kami District with the creation of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. The city of Kami was established on March 1, 2006,[5] from the merger of the towns of Kahoku and Tosayamada, and the village of Monobe. On the same day, the remaining municipalities of Kami District merged to form the city of Kōnan, and the district was abolished as a result.[6][7]

GovernmentEdit

Kami has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral town council of 20 members. Kami contributes one member to the Kōchi Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Kōchi 1st district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

EconomyEdit

Kami's economy is centered on agriculture and forestry. The production of forged knives is a traditional local handicraft.

EducationEdit

Kami has seven public elementary schools and three public middle schools operated by the city government, and one public high school operated by the Kōchi Prefectural Board of Education. The Kochi University of Technology is located in Kami.

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

  Shikoku Railway Company - Dosan Line

HighwaysEdit

International relationsEdit

Twin and sister citiesEdit

Local attractionsEdit

 
Ryugado
 
TosaYamada stadium

Noted people from KamiEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kami city official statistics" (in Japanese). Japan.
  2. ^ a b c 気象庁 / 平年値(年・月ごとの値). JMA. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  3. ^ 観測史上1~10位の値(年間を通じての値). JMA. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Kami population statistics
  5. ^ "高知県香美市 (39212A2006)". 歴史的行政区域データセットβ版. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  6. ^ "JALS -Japan Arteriosclerosis Longitudinal Study- : 参加コホート". jals.gr.jp. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  7. ^ "香美市が誕生! (Kami City is born!)" (PDF). March 1, 2006. Retrieved December 16, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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