Mimasaka, Okayama

Summary

Mimasaka (美作市, Mimasaka-shi) is a city located in Okayama Prefecture, Japan. As of March 31, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 28,502 (34,338 in 2004) and a population density of 66 persons per km2.[1] The total area is 429.19 km2.

Mimasaka
美作市
Main street in Ohara Mimasaka
Main street in Ohara Mimasaka
Flag of Mimasaka
Official seal of Mimasaka
Location of Mimasaka in Okayama Prefecture
Location of Mimasaka in Okayama Prefecture
Mimasaka is located in Japan
Mimasaka
Mimasaka
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°0′31″N 134°8′55″E / 35.00861°N 134.14861°E / 35.00861; 134.14861Coordinates: 35°0′31″N 134°8′55″E / 35.00861°N 134.14861°E / 35.00861; 134.14861
CountryJapan
RegionChūgoku (San'yō)
PrefectureOkayama Prefecture
Government
 • MayorSeiji Hagiwara <萩原誠司> (from March 2014)
Area
 • Total429.19 km2 (165.71 sq mi)
Population
 (March 31, 2017)
 • Total28,502
 • Density66/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address38-2 Sakaemachi, Mimasaka-shi, Okayama-ken
707-8501
ClimateCfa
Websitewww.city.mimasaka.lg.jp
Symbols
FlowerErythronium japonicum
TreePrunus mume

HistoryEdit

The 16th century village Miyamoto, considered the birthplace of Miyamoto Musashi, is part of present-day Mimasaka.

The modern city of Mimasaka was founded on March 31, 2005 by the merger of the former town of Mimasaka, absorbing the towns of Aida, Ōhara and Sakutō, the village Higashiawakura (all from Aida District), and the town of Katsuta (from Katsuta District).

GeographyEdit

Adjoining municipalitiesEdit

ClimateEdit

Mimasaka has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Mimasaka is 13.3 °C (55.9 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1,620.4 mm (63.80 in) with July as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 25.6 °C (78.1 °F), and lowest in January, at around 1.6 °C (34.9 °F).[2] The highest temperature ever recorded in Mimasaka was 38.5 °C (101.3 °F) on 7 August 1994; the coldest temperature ever recorded was −13.6 °C (7.5 °F) on 28 February 1981.[3]

Climate data for Mimasaka (1991−2020 normals, extremes 1978−present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 15.5
(59.9)
20.6
(69.1)
24.6
(76.3)
29.7
(85.5)
32.0
(89.6)
34.8
(94.6)
36.8
(98.2)
38.5
(101.3)
35.1
(95.2)
29.8
(85.6)
24.3
(75.7)
18.2
(64.8)
38.5
(101.3)
Average high °C (°F) 6.6
(43.9)
7.8
(46.0)
12.1
(53.8)
18.4
(65.1)
23.4
(74.1)
26.3
(79.3)
29.9
(85.8)
31.4
(88.5)
27.1
(80.8)
21.4
(70.5)
15.2
(59.4)
9.1
(48.4)
19.1
(66.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) 1.6
(34.9)
2.4
(36.3)
6.0
(42.8)
11.6
(52.9)
16.8
(62.2)
20.8
(69.4)
24.7
(76.5)
25.6
(78.1)
21.4
(70.5)
15.2
(59.4)
9.1
(48.4)
3.8
(38.8)
13.3
(55.9)
Average low °C (°F) −2.4
(27.7)
−2.1
(28.2)
0.5
(32.9)
5.1
(41.2)
10.6
(51.1)
16.1
(61.0)
20.7
(69.3)
21.2
(70.2)
16.9
(62.4)
10.0
(50.0)
4.1
(39.4)
−0.5
(31.1)
8.4
(47.0)
Record low °C (°F) −11.1
(12.0)
−13.6
(7.5)
−7.9
(17.8)
−4.4
(24.1)
0.0
(32.0)
5.1
(41.2)
11.4
(52.5)
12.9
(55.2)
4.9
(40.8)
−0.8
(30.6)
−4.2
(24.4)
−11.6
(11.1)
−13.6
(7.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 73.8
(2.91)
81.4
(3.20)
116.5
(4.59)
126.9
(5.00)
164.7
(6.48)
193.6
(7.62)
252.7
(9.95)
163.5
(6.44)
192.2
(7.57)
109.2
(4.30)
70.0
(2.76)
75.9
(2.99)
1,620.4
(63.80)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 40
(16)
35
(14)
4
(1.6)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
19
(7.5)
97
(38)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 11.2 11.8 11.9 10.4 10.7 12.4 12.9 10.2 10.4 8.5 8.0 9.6 128
Average snowy days (≥ 3 cm) 4.3 3.2 0.6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.7 9.8
Mean monthly sunshine hours 107.8 117.2 156.0 193.8 204.9 149.4 150.6 188.0 150.7 160.1 134.5 121.5 1,832.9
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency[2][3]

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data, the population of Mimasaka in 2020 is 25,939 people.[4] Mimasaka has been conducting censuses since 1920.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1920 48,439—    
1925 48,519+0.2%
1930 48,222−0.6%
1935 47,435−1.6%
1940 46,164−2.7%
1945 59,880+29.7%
1950 60,755+1.5%
YearPop.±%
1955 57,761−4.9%
1960 52,598−8.9%
1965 45,973−12.6%
1970 40,731−11.4%
1975 38,793−4.8%
1980 38,430−0.9%
1985 38,309−0.3%
YearPop.±%
1990 36,942−3.6%
1995 36,140−2.2%
2000 34,577−4.3%
2005 32,479−6.1%
2010 30,504−6.1%
2015 27,977−8.3%
2020 25,939−7.3%
Mimasaka population statistics[4]

TransportEdit

 
Mimasaka city hall

RailwaysEdit

RoadEdit

 
Official document. Sister-City, Mimasaka - Gleizé.

Sister and Friendship citiesEdit

Notable places and eventsEdit

Notable people from MimasakaEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official website of Mimasaka city" (in Japanese). Japan: Mimasaka City. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b 気象庁 / 平年値(年・月ごとの値). JMA. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  3. ^ a b 観測史上1~10位の値(年間を通じての値). JMA. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  4. ^ a b Mimasaka population statistics

External linksEdit

  • Mimasaka City official website (in Japanese)
  • 美作国, Dojo Miyamoto Musashi Gleizé (in French)