Wajima, Ishikawa

Wajima, Ishikawa

Infobox City Japan
Name= Wajima
JapaneseName= 輪島市

Region= Chūbu (Hokuriku)
Prefecture= Ishikawa
Area_km2= 426.25
PopDate= January 2008
Population= 31,532
Density_km2= 74
LatitudeDegrees= 37
LatitudeMinutes= 23
LongtitudeDegrees= 136
LongtitudeMinutes= 54
SymbolDescription= Flag
Mayor= Fumiaki Kaji
CityHallPostalCode= 928-8525
CityHallAddress=2-29 Futatsuyamachi, Wajima-shi, Ishikawa-ken
CityHallPhone= 0768-22-2211
CityHallLink= [http://www.city.wajima.ishikawa.jp/ Wajima City]
nihongo|Wajima|輪島市|Wajima-shi is a city located in Ishikawa, Japan.

As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 31,532 and the density of 74 persons per km². The total area is 426.25 km².

The city was founded on March 31, 1954.

Noto Airport serves Wajima.

Kanakura is a town in the northern part of the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It is a small, peaceful village with ancient temples and rice terraces. This town celebrates an annual light festival (matsuri) in which the residents place one candle in each of 10,000 sake bottles and then arrange them in geometric configurations after dark while listening to traditional Japanese music.

The town is known within Japan for its lacquerware, called Wajima-nuri (輪島塗). There are artifacts showing lacquer was used to decorate and strengthen a shrine door from the 14th century. Wajima-nuri uses a technique that is unique to the area, mixing a finely powdered mineral, jinoko, with the lacquer in the early stages of production. Jinoko adds extra durability to Wajima-nuri items. The rougher, earlier layers are then coated with more layers of finer lacquer, which is then polished to a lustrous shine, and often decorated with designs made of gold and other precious materials. The lacquer tree was once abundant in the area, but is now scarce and most of the lacquer used is imported from China.

On 25 March 2007, the 2007 Noto earthquake caused one death, injuries, and property damage in Wajima and other parts of Ishikawa Prefecture.

External links

* [http://www.wajima-city.or.jp/ Official website] in Japanese

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