- Toki, Gifu
Infobox City Japan
March 31, 2007
Tree= Japanese Fringetree
Mayor= Nobuhiko Ōno
CityHallLink= [http://www.city.toki.lg.jp/wcore/english/index.html City of Toki]
nihongo|Toki|土岐市|Toki-shi is a
cityin Gifu Prefecture, Japan. The city is located on the Honshūisland, to the southeast of Gifu City, the prefectural capital. The Toki River runs through the downtownarea. Toki is known as one of the largest producers of Japanese pottery. The products made in the region are generally referred as the "Mino-yaki". Toki has a sister cityarrangement with Faenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.
In Spring 2005 Toki was in the national news in Japan when an
outlet mallwas opened on the outskirts of the city. Malls are a relatively rare thing outside the major cities of Japan, and the city was brought to a standstill after a nationwide advertising campaignattracted people from all over Japan.
The history of
potterymaking in Toki area appears to have started more than 1,300 years ago. Some kilntraces and earthenwarepieces, which are in the 7th century style, have been recovered within the territory of the city. The technical merit and artistic impression reached an acme in the Azuchi-Momoyama period(1568 - 1614) when crockery for tea ceremony had been produced there. " Daimyo" feudal lords highly admired such tea vessels, bowls, pots and utensils with unique styles as the "Oribe". More emphasis has been put on daily necessities since the early Edo period(1603- 1867). By virtue of mass productionsuccessfully introduced from the Meiji Era(1868–1912) on, the porcelainand pottery from Toki are now found widely in Japan.
The city was incorporated on
February 1, 1955, with the area formerly divided among 5 towns (Tokitsu, Oroshi, Tsumagi, Dachi and Izumi) and 3 villages(Tsurusato, Sogi and Hida).
In January 2004, a
referendumwas called to decide whether Toki should merge with its neighboring municipalities, the cities and town of Tajimi, Mizunamiand Kasahara. A proposition, which would have allowed them to consummate the merger, failed to obtain majority support.
Geography and demographics
Toki is located at 35°21′09" North, 137°10′59" East. It has a total area of 116.16
km². As of March 31, 2007, there are 63,524 people and 22,381 households living within the boundaries of the city. The population densityis 546.9/km².
The current Mayor of Toki is Nobuhiko Ohno. Previous Mayors include:
*Yasuo Tsukamoto (1983-2007)
*Okizo Mizuno (1975-1983)
*Yasunori Ninomiya (1955-1975)
Toki has an eighteen-member city council, which serves as the
legislative bodyof the city.
Shizuoka Prefecture(est. October 10, 1978, as a Sports Sister City);Outside Japan
Faenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (est. October 23, 1979)
* [http://www.city.toki.lg.jp/wcore/english/index.html Official website] en
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