Tamba-Sasayama

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Tamba-Sasayama (丹波篠山市, Tanba-Sasayama-shi), formerly known as Sasayama (篠山市, Sasayama-shi), is a city in the central eastern part of Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

Tamba-Sasayama
丹波篠山市
Top left: Kawaramachi-Tsumairi traditional houses preservation area, right: Sasayama Castle Site Second row: Taisho Roman Hall, former Sasayama Town Hall Third row left: Mount Mitake in Taki mountain range, right: Dekansho Bon Odori in August Bottom: Sasayama Historical Museum
Top left: Kawaramachi-Tsumairi traditional houses preservation area, right: Sasayama Castle Site

Second row: Taisho Roman Hall, former Sasayama Town Hall
Third row left: Mount Mitake in Taki mountain range, right: Dekansho Bon Odori in August

Bottom: Sasayama Historical Museum
Flag of Tamba-Sasayama
Official seal of Tamba-Sasayama
Location of Tamba-Sasayama in Hyōgo Prefecture
Location of Tamba-Sasayama in Hyōgo Prefecture
Tamba-Sasayama is located in Japan
Tamba-Sasayama
Tamba-Sasayama
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°04′21″N 135°13′19″E / 35.07250°N 135.22194°E / 35.07250; 135.22194Coordinates: 35°04′21″N 135°13′19″E / 35.07250°N 135.22194°E / 35.07250; 135.22194
CountryJapan
RegionKansai
PrefectureHyōgo Prefecture
Government
 • MayorTakaaki Sakai (since February 2007)
Area
 • Total377.61 km2 (145.80 sq mi)
Population
 (April 30, 2017)
 • Total42,395
 • Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address41 Kita-shinmachi, Tamba-Sasayama-shi, Hyogo-ken
669-2397
Websitewww.city.sasayama.hyogo.jp
Symbols
FlowerLilium
TreeCherry blossom

The modern city of Tamba-Sasayama was established on April 1, 1999, from the merger of the former town of Sasayama, absorbing the towns of Konda, Nishiki and Tannan (all from Taki District).

As of April 30, 2017, the city had an estimated population of 42,395, with 17,161 households,[1] and a population density of 110 persons per km². The total land area is 377.61 km².

On November 18, 2018, the city held a successful referendum on changing its name from Sasayama to Tamba-Sasayama in reference to the historical Tanba Province, which still has some influence on local branding and politics. The referendum about changing a municipality's name is the first of its kind in Japan, and the new name officially came into effect in May 2019.[2][3]

AttractionsEdit

 
Main Hall, Sasayama Castle

Tamba ware, or tamba-tachikui-yaki, is a traditional style of pottery that has been produced here since the 12th century.[4]

TransportationEdit

Tamba-Sasayama has five train stations, all on the JR West Fukuchiyama Line: Kusano Station - Furuichi Station - Minami-Yashiro Station - Sasayamaguchi Station - Tamba-Ōyama Station.

FestivalEdit

The Dekansho Festival, famous for "Bon" style dancing, is held annually, every August 15 through 16 since 1952.[5]

FoodEdit

Tamba-Sasayama is well known in the Kansai region for its agriculture and food products, specifically kuromame or kuro daizu (black soybeans), mountain yam, Japanese chestnuts, azuki beans, matsutake, beef, wild boar and venison.

Sister citiesEdit

  • Walla Walla, Washington, United States (August 15, 1972)
  • Korinthos Mikines Nafplio Epidavros, Greece (May 26, 1988)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Website of Sasayama City" (in Japanese). Japan: Sasayama City. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  2. ^ "In country's first name-change referendum, Sasayama voters back renaming city as Tamba-Sasayama". The Japan Times. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  3. ^ 丹波篠山市への市名変更は「5月」 4選の篠山市長方針 (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun Digital. 19 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  4. ^ https://tanbayaki.com/english/english.html
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2011-02-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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