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NANAE TOWN : "FARMLAND & TOURIST SPOT"(Hokkaido, JAPAN)

Location

lat.42゜N, Long.140゚E
Nanae is located on the Oshima Peninsula on Japan's northanmost major island.
It is 16 kilometers from the center of the port city of Hakodate( population 288,491).
 

Area

216.6 sq.km.
 

Population

28,846 ( June 31, 2012 )


Climate

A mountain range extends from the east to the north of the town. The gentle southern slope holds much of the population and farmland.
On the northern mountain range are Mt. Komagatake, Lake Onuma, and Lake Konuma, a Quasi-National Park. The average temperature in January is -3.2゚C. July's average is 19.3゚C. It is very warm for weather in Hokkaido.
 

History

Traces of the past have been unearthed in this area, such as the discovery of earthenware and ancient dwellings in various parts of Nanae. The oldest recorded census can be traced back to 1786, when 265 people in 50 homes are said to have been counted here. The Boshin Civil War, which started in 1868, moved northward to Hakodate.It was here in Nanae that the last battle started. The Meiji forces were victorious and thus began the era of modernization. The Hokkaido farming industry began changes and many new Western farming techniques were introduced. Nanae became the testing ground for new and better methods of farming. Since then, farming has become the basic industry here. The potatoes and apples cultivated here were originally brought from Massachusetts.
 

Industry

Primary - In recent times, Nanae has become a place of farming near urban centers. The farmers produce rice, a variety of vegetables, fruits, and flowers. Also, the raising of cattle for meat and milk products is another important industry.

Secondary - Hakodate and its surrounding areas have been designated a "Technopolis". Nanae has an area disignated for the production of semi-conductors, electronic parts, and food processing.

Tertiary - Because Onuma Quasi-National Park is located in Nanae, tourists number three million, yearly. It is a very important industry. With its many spas, inns, and with an empahasis on international exchange, we are striving to make our town an interesting place for foreigners to visit.
 

Culture

Nanae culture has two aspects.
  1. Many famous Japanese poets have written haikus and other verse on the beauty of Onuma. Their influence has inspired many citizens of Nanae to take up poetry, painting and photography. They try to capture this beauty to share with others.
  2. Since Nanae has been a town open to foreigners, the people have readily adopted many new ideas and incorporated them into their daily lives. We strive to better ourselves by combining old ideas with new and modern ones, which makes us unique. Nanae was the first to start foreign exchange in Hokkaido. On the community level, plays written and performed by the townspeople, and groups for traditional Japanese taiko drumming and for writing songs to convey various aspects of Nanae have been growing with hopes of enriching the town.

Nanae Town Map(PDF)

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