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(1.) City Introduction
Population: 36,696
17,388 Men
19,308 Women
13,525 Households
(Current as of 1/31/2012)
Picture of Tsugaru City Mayor Hiroyoshi Fukushima
Tsugaru City Mayor
Hiroyoshi Fukushima
     Tsugaru City was formed on February 11th, 2005 through the merger of the former town of Kizukuri and the former villages of Morita, Kashiwa, Inagaki, and Shariki. The city is a place of immense natural beauty with scenery marked by the rice fields of the Tsugaru Plain and the striking Mt. Iwaki, with a view of the Shirakami Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
     Tsugaru City boasts several important archaeological sites from the Jōmon period (11,000-300 B.C.E), such as the Kamegaoka Ruins, the Ishigami Ruins, and the Kakegawa Ruins, among others. The shakōki-dogū (humanoid clay figure) found at the Kamegaoka site is famous throughout Japan and has been designated as an important cultural property by the Japanese government.
     Besides archaeological sites, Tsugaru City is home to a 28,000-year-old sunken forest, which is estimated to be the largest in the world, and the oldest apple trees in Japan.
     International exchange is also highly valued by the city. In 1889, the Cheseborough, a ship built in Bath, Maine, tragically crashed off the coast of former Shariki Village during a wind storm. Miraculously, the villagers saved four of the crewmen. The bond that was formed between Tsugaru City and Bath by the Cheseborough holds strong, and the two cities currently share a sister city relationship. In fact, every year Tsugaru City holds the Cheseborough Cup, an international relay swimming race, with participants from Bath and all over Japan.
Official City Flower Picture: Daylily Official City Tree Picture: Japanese Black Pine Official City Bird Picture: Cuckoo
Official City Flower:
Daylily
Official City Tree:
Japanese Black Pine
Official City Bird:  
Cuckoo

City Introduction
(2.) Location
      Tsugaru City is located in western Aomori Prefecture on the very north of Japan's main island of Honshu. From Tokyo, it takes approximately three hours and thirty minutes by bullet train to reach Shin-Aomori Station, and then one hour from the station to the city. By car or bus, it takes approximately 10 hours from Tokyo. Flights from Tokyo's Haneda Airport take about one hour to get to Aomori Airport, from which the city can be reached in one hour by the car. The capital of Aomori Prefecture, Aomori City, is also approximatley one hour away by car.
Map of Aomori Prefecture


City Introduction
3.) Topography
      Those coming to Tsugaru City for the first time will likely be struck by the beauty of Mt. Iwaki as it presides over the vast Tsugaru Plain. Each season reveals a different character of both the mountain and the rice fields, with brilliant greens during spring rice planting, stunning golds prior to fall harvest, and a blanket of pure white throughout the winter.
     The Byobuzan Hills flank the city's western border along the Sea of Japan, protecting the rice fields from the harsh winds that blow in from the ocean. Looking south from the city reveals a beautiful view of the Shirakami Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
     Tsugaru City spans an area of approximately 254 square kilometers, accounting for about 2.6% of the total land area of Aomori Prefecture. 56% of that land is used for agriculture, 4.5% for housing, 13.7% is mountainaous forest, and the remaining 25.8% is used for other purposes.


City Introduction
4.) Climate and Weather
      The Tsugaru region is blessed with four beautiful seasons. Spring and autumn are short and sweet, with temperatures rising to around 16 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit). Starting in June and lasting through August, summer is relatively cool with few insects, although highs can range to 30 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit). The winter is the most distinct season, with heavy snow fall from late November through March. The area is famous throughout Japan for its harsh winter weather and its ji-fubuki, a blizzard where the winds are so strong it appears to snow up from the ground, not down from the sky.
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