Tome, Miyagi

Tome (登米市, Tome-shi) is a city located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 30 April 2020, the city had an estimated population of 77,897 and a population density of 150 persons per km² in 27,298 households.[1] The total area of the city is 536.12 square kilometres (207.00 sq mi). The area is noted for its rice production.

Tome

登米市
upper:Swans on Hasama River middle:Japanese number one hatto Festival. Chacha world Ishikoshi lower: Korin-ji, Naganuma footopia park
upper:Swans on Hasama River
middle:Japanese number one hatto Festival. Chacha world Ishikoshi
lower: Korin-ji, Naganuma footopia park
Flag of Tome
Flag
Official seal of Tome
Seal
Location of Tome in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Tome in Miyagi Prefecture
Tome is located in Japan
Tome
Tome
 
Coordinates: 38°41′30.6″N 141°11′15.9″E / 38.691833°N 141.187750°E / 38.691833; 141.187750Coordinates: 38°41′30.6″N 141°11′15.9″E / 38.691833°N 141.187750°E / 38.691833; 141.187750
CountryJapan
RegionTōhoku
PrefectureMiyagi
Government
 • MayorTakahisa Fuse
Area
 • Total536.12 km2 (207.00 sq mi)
Population
 (30 April 2020)
 • Total77,897
 • Density150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeSugi
- FlowerSakura
- BirdSwan
Phone number0220-22-2111
Address2-6-1 Nakae, Sanuma, Hasama-chō, Tome-shi, Miyagi-ken 987-0595
WebsiteOfficial website
Tome City Hall

GeographyEdit

Tome is in far northeastern Miyagi Prefecture, bordered by Iwate Prefecture to the north. The Kitakami River flows through the city. The city is approximately 70 kilometers north of the prefectural capital of Sendai.

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit

Miyagi Prefecture

Iwate Prefecture

ClimateEdit

Tome has a humid climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Tome is 11.3 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1209 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.2 °C, and lowest in January, at around -0.5 °C.[2]

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Tome peaked in the 1950s and has declined steadily over the past 70 years.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1920 77,807—    
1930 88,911+14.3%
1940 98,905+11.2%
1950 128,416+29.8%
1960 122,386−4.7%
1970 102,525−16.2%
1980 98,568−3.9%
1990 98,231−0.3%
2000 93,769−4.5%
2010 83,969−10.5%

HistoryEdit

The area of present-day Tome was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jōmon period by the Emishi people. During the later portion of the Heian period, the area was ruled by the Northern Fujiwara. During the Sengoku period, the area was contested by various samurai clans before the area came under the control of the Date clan of Sendai Domain during the Edo period, under the Tokugawa shogunate.

The town of Tome was established on June 1, 1889 within Tome District, Miyagi with the establishment of the modern municipalities system. The city of Tome was established on April 1, 2005, from the merger of the towns of Hasama, Ishikoshi, Minamikata, Nakada, Toyoma, Towa, Toyosato, Tsuyama, and Yoneyama (all from Tome District, and the town of Tsuyama (from Motoyoshi District). Tome District was dissolved as a result of his merger.

2011 earthquake and tsunamiEdit

Tome was one of several cities severely affected by an earthquake and tsunami on Friday, 11 March 2011, with as many as 6,000 people left homeless.[4] On 15, 2011, authorities announced that German and Swiss teams with search dogs would be deployed to the city to aid in search and recovery efforts. Other search and rescue team came from Australia and New Zealand.[5] Early reports suggest that many residents of the nearby town of Minamisanriku, which was one of the hardest hit by the tsunami, had evacuated to Tome.[6]

GovernmentEdit

Tome has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 26 members.[7] Tome contributes two seats to the Miyagi Prefectural legislature. In terms of national politics, the city is part of Miyagi 6th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

EconomyEdit

The economy of Tome is largely based on agriculture.

EducationEdit

Tome has 21 public elementary schools, one combined public elementary/middle school, nine public junior high schools operated by the city government, and three public high schools operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education.

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

  East Japan Railway Company (JR East) - Tōhoku Main Line

  East Japan Railway Company (JR East) - Kesennuma Line

HighwayEdit

Local attractionsEdit

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Tome is twinned with:[8]

Noted people from TomeEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tome city official statistics (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Tome climate data
  3. ^ Tome population statistics
  4. ^ "Japan Tsunami victim found alive after 96 hours". tntmagazine, 15 March 2011
  5. ^ "The world reaches out with funds, rescue teams". todayonline
  6. ^ [1] ABC, 13 March 2011
  7. ^ Tome City Council
  8. ^ "姉妹都市". city.tome.miyagi.jp (in Japanese). Tome. Retrieved 2021-01-07.

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