City history and overview

City history and overview

和賀川を上から眺めた風景

The city of Kitakami is located in central Iwate, in the middle of the Kitakami valley. It is blessed with a rich natural environment, where the Kitakami and Waga Rivers meet, opening into a beautiful, fertile rural area with the Ou Mountains to the west and the Kitakami Mountains stretching out to the east.

Kitakami has long functioned as a lively hub for transportation and the traffic of goods. As the crossroads of northern Tohoku, Kitakami further improves the convenience of transportation, being host to a traffic network that includes the Tohoku Shinkansen Line, the Tohoku Expressway, and the Tohoku Odan Akita Expressway.

Kitakami leads the prefecture in the number of manufacturing companies, the amount of manufactured goods shipped, and the amount of agricultural goods produced, attracting attention as a vigorous city with an excellent balance between agriculture and manufacturing.

City Symbol

北上市の市章

The symbol was designed to show a vibrant expression of the character “kita” in the name of Kitakami. It embraces our wish for the growth of Kitakami, surrounded by water and greenery.

City Flower “White Lily”

市の花 白百合の画像

The white lily symbolizes the growth of our city with its clean beauty and strong life force. It is also mentioned in the poem “Kitakami Nocturne” and is ideal for the image of Kitami.

City Bird “Gray Wagtail”

市の鳥 キセキレイの写真

This beneficial bird loves pure flowing water. We wish to protect the natural environment so that these birds will be able to inhabit this area forever.

City Tree “Cherry Tree”

Ornamental cherry trees can be seen throughout the city and they are the most familiar tree to local residents. In the spring, the roughly 10,000 cherry trees that bloom in Kitakami Tenshochi Park are a symbol of Kitakami.

市の木 桜

Ornamental cherry trees can be seen throughout the city and they are the most familiar tree to local residents. In the spring, the roughly 10,000 cherry trees that bloom in Kitakami Tenshochi Park are a symbol of Kitakami.

Industry

Located in the center of the vast Kitakami Plains, Kitakami is engaged in the production of various foodstuffs, including rice, vegetables, and cattle, and plays an important role as a base of production in Iwate, which takes pride in its position as a base for general food production. Additionally, Kitakami works in unison with Iwate’s biotechnology research and agricultural research centers, introducing biotechnology and advancing research in environmentally safe agriculture, developing agriculture with advanced technology.

Kitakami was one of the first cities in Iwate to create an industrial park and invite businesses from outside. As a result, Kitakami is developing as a city with an industrial accumulation that is now the highest in the prefecture with companies operating in a wide variety of fields including semiconductors, automobiles, machinery, pulp, food products, and pharmaceuticals.

Agriculture

The volume of agricultural production in Kitakami is among the highest in Iwate, engaging in efficient agricultural methods that match the conditions of the region. Futago Satoimo, green asparagus, apples, and soybeans are some of the local specialties. Among these, Kitakami provides more Futago Satoimo and green asparagus than anywhere else in the prefecture. The Futago Satoimo are used in a new local specialty called the Kitakami Croquette that is attracting attention. “Kitakami Gyu” brand name beef is the result of the enthusiasm of cattle farmers and advanced fattening technology. With the added blessing of the natural environment, it is expanding in sales as beef of the highest quality in Japan.

Industry

Through proactive efforts to invite companies, Kitakami has become a prominent industrial center in Tohoku, with some of the highest numbers in the prefecture for manufactured products shipped, added value products, and number of employees.

Based on the new “Kitakami Industrial Promotion Plan” in fiscal 2011, we have worked to invite various businesses, help small and medium sized companies improve their technology levels and enter into new fields, and developed personnel talented in manufacturing all the way from children to working adults in cooperation with related organizations.

Sister Cities Friendship Cities

Introducing Kitakami’s Sister and Friendship Cities.

Concord(California, United States)

姉妹都市 米国カリフォルニア州コンコルドの都市

Concord is a commercial city in the bay area with a population of 122,000. A native of Kitakami living in Tokyo became acquainted with the mayor of Concord and the president of a television station there. As a result of this and numerous similarities in culture and environment, Kitakami and Concord became sister cities in 1974. Since then there has been a fruitful exchange of industrial observation groups and exchange students. Additionally, a dancer from Kitakami performed the local well-known traditional performance art called “Onikenbai” in Concord, and we are actively engaged in many other friendship and goodwill activities.

Shibatamachi (Shibatagun, Miyagi)

姉妹都市 宮城県柴田郡柴田町の桜の写真

Shibatamachi was a castle town in the feudal era. With a population of 38,500, it is the largest “town” in Tohoku. Recently it has been developing as a satellite city of Sendai. The modernization of the town is proceeding and an industrial park has been established. The connection to Kitakami is historical, coming from the tragic general Harada Kai (a central figure in the Date Disturbance of 1671), whose vassal lived in the Kuchinaicho neighborhood of Kitakami. Shibatamachi became a sister city in 1980.

Sanmenxia (Henan, China)

姉妹都市 中華人民共和国河南省三門峡市

In 1978, after the founding of the Kitakami Japan-China Friendship Association, a group was sent to visit. Also, an important figure from Henan, China was invited to Kitakami, and as a result of that and other continuing exchange activities, Sanmenxia and Kitakami became friendship cities in 1985. Sanmenxia has a population of 2,240,000. It is a large city with developed industry and agriculture. In particular, we welcome apple cultivating trainees and actively organize personal exchanges of reciprocal visits between youth sports groups.

Ishigaki (Okinawa)

姉妹都市 沖縄県石垣市の青空に緑の山が映える画像

Ishigaki’s main industries are tourism and agriculture. It is surrounded by a beautiful coral reef and is Japan’s southernmost city. The population is 48,000. Since the opening of the new Ishigaki airport in 2013, numerous tourists are visiting. During the severe cold weather of 1993, Ishigaki provided support with seed rice. This opportunity led to an “exchange bridge” between the cities, and an exchange of athletes began to take place between the Ishigaki island marathon and the Kitakami Marathon. In January of 2014 we became friendship cities, and are looking forward to the development of various exchanges between our cities.

更新日:2019年02月28日