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From the upper left:
Nishitetsu Kurume Station, city hall, Suitengu shrine,
Kora-taisha shrine, Narita-san temple
Ishibashi bunka center, JR Kurume Station
Location of Kurume in Fukuoka Prefecture
|• Mayor||Toshinori Narahara (since February 2010)|
|• Total||229.96 km2 (88.79 sq mi)|
(June 1, 2019)
|• Density||1,300/km2 (3,400/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Cinnamomum camphora, Zelkova serrata, Rhus succedanea, Camellia, Round Leaf Holly|
|• Flower||Azalea, Cosmos|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (JST)|
|City hall address||15-3 Jonan, Kurume-shi, Fukuoka-ken|
On February 5, 2005, the town of Kitano (from Mii District), the towns of Jōjima and Mizuma (both from Mizuma District), and the town of Tanushimaru (from Ukiha District) were merged into Kurume.
Traditional products of Kurume are kasuri (絣), or woven indigo-dyed cloth; tonkotsu ramen (pork-bone broth noodles); and trays and bowls made from rantai shikki (籃胎漆器), a composite made from lacquered bamboo.
Kurume is twinned with these cities.
Notable people born or raised in KurumeEdit
In chronological order of birth year:
- George Shima (1864–1926), "Potato King" of California.
- Shigeru Aoki (1882–1911), Western-style artist.
- Shōjirō Ishibashi (1889–1976), founder of Bridgestone Corporation, which originated in Kurume as traditional footwear manufacturers, producing the sock-like shoe (jika-tabi) used by farmers; they found that by coating the bottom of tabi with rubber, farmers could be protected from the invasion of parasitic worms that live in rice paddies.
- Harue Koga (1895–1933), eclectic avant-garde artist and poet.
- Susumu Fujita (1912–1990/91), actor.
- Leiji Matsumoto (1938–present), manga artist, anime character designer and animator.
- Ryo Ishibashi (1956–present), actor.
- Seiko Matsuda (1962–present), singer and actress.
- Fumiya Fujii (1962–present), lead vocalist of The Checkers (Japanese band).
- Izumi Sakai (1967–2007), lead vocalist of Zard; born in Kurume, but raised in Kanagawa.
- Rena Tanaka (1980–present), actress.
- Kanikapila 7 piece Pop Band.
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