Tendō (天童市, Tendō-shi) is a city located in Yamagata Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 February 2020[update], the city had an estimated population of 61,947 in 22392 households, and a population density of 550 persons per km2. The total area of the city is 113.01 square kilometres (43.63 square miles).
Location of Tendō in Yamagata Prefecture
|• Total||113.01 km2 (43.63 sq mi)|
|• Density||550/km2 (1,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|• Bird||Meadow bunting|
|Address||1-1-1 Oinomori, Tendō-shi, Yamagata-ken 994-8510|
Tendō is located in the east-central portion of the Yamagata Basin, bordered by the Ōu Mountains to the east.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Tendō has gradually been increasing over the past 40 years.
Tendō has a Humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is heaviest from August to October. The average annual temperature in Tendō is 11.1 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1381 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.8 °C, and lowest in January, at around -1.4 °C.
After the start of the Meiji period, the area organized as Tendō Village under Higashimurayama District, Yamagata Prefecture in 1878. It was elevated to town status on April 27, 1892 and became a city on October 1, 1958.
Tendō has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 22 members. The city contributes two members to the Yamagata Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Yamagata District 1 of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.
The economy of Tendō is based on seasonal tourism, agriculture and wood products. The city is traditionally known for its production of the wooden pieces (koma) used in Japanese chess (shogi), and games of "human shogi" have been played since 1966. The city also has numerous onsen hot springs within its borders.
- Uyō-Gakuen College
- Tendō has twelve public elementary schools and four public middle schools operated by the city government and one public high school operated by the Yamagata Prefectural Board of Education. There is als one private high school.
Twin towns – sister citiesEdit
- Official website
- Tendō population statistics
- Tendō climate data
- Baedeker. (2012). Japan, p. 561; Hotta, Anne and Yoko Ishiguro. (1986). A guide to Japanese hot springs, p. 192.
- "姉妹都市交流". city.tendo.yamagata.jp (in Japanese). Tendō. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
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