Kuroishi (黒石市 Kuroishi-shi) is a city located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 October 2017[update], the city had an estimated population of 32,260 and a population density of 150 persons per km2. The total area of the city is 217.05 square kilometres (83.80 sq mi).
Location of Kuroishi in Aomori Prefecture
|• Total||217.05 km2 (83.80 sq mi)|
(October 1, 2017)
|• Density||150/km2 (380/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|• Tree||Painted maple (Acer mono)|
|• Flower||Apple (Malus domestica)|
|• Bird||Japanese wagtail (Motacilla grandis)|
|Address||11-1 Ichinomachi, Kuroishi-shi, Aomori-ken 036-0396|
Kuroishi is located in west-central Aomori Prefecture. Part of the city is within the borders of the Kuroishi Onsenkyō Prefectural Natural Park. The city has a cold humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa) characterized by warm short summers and long cold winters with heavy snowfall. The average annual temperature in Kuroishi is 9.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1343 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 23.3 °C, and lowest in January, at around -2.9 °C.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Kuroishi has remained relatively steady over the past 40 years.
The area of Kuroishi was part of the holdings of the Tsugaru clan of Hirosaki Domain in the Edo period, and became the semi-independent Kuroishi Domain in 1809. After the Meiji Restoration, the town of Kuroishi was established in 1898 within Minamitsugaru District in Aomori Prefecture.
The modern city was founded on July 1, 1954, from the merger of the town of Kuroishi absorbing the villages of Nakago, Rokugo, Yamagata and Aseishi. On October 1, 1956, Kuroishi absorbed a portion of Onoe.
The economy of Kuroishi is heavily dependent on agriculture. The city serves as a minor regional commercial center. Agricultural produce includes rice and apples.
Kuroishi has nine public elementary schools and two public junior high schools operated by the city government and two public high schools operated by the Aomori Prefectural Board of Education. The prefecture also operates one special education school.
Sister city relationsEdit
- Kuroishi Neputa Festival
- Kuroishi Onsenkyō Prefectural Natural Park
- Nakamachi Komise Street
- Nakano Momiji Mountain
- Tsugaru Traditional Crafts Centre