- Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka
nihongo|Shimizu-ku|清水区|Shimizu-ku is a ward of Shizuoka,
Shizuoka prefecture, Japan. It started on April 1 in 2005, when Shizuoka city gained designation by government ordinance. Aoi-ku and Suruga-ku started at the same time. Its area is identical to former Shimizu city, which merged with former Shizuoka city on April 1, 2003. Shimuzu-ku added the town of Kanbara from Ihara District on March 31, 2006, and will add the town of Yui on November 1, 2008. As of August 1, 2007, Shimizu's area is 242.43 square kilometresand its populationis 241,244.
Since ancient times, Shimizu has had good natural ports and thrived as a harbor town. Located on Miho Bay nihongo|Miho Wan|三保湾|Miho Wan, it has been a good natural
harbourserving naval, land and sea transport hub. In addition, three post stations of Tōkaidō were located in Shimizu: Kanbara-juku, Okitsu-jukuand Ejiri-juku, all of which brought prosperity to Shimizu. In the modern era, it exported green teaand became a base for global fishery, involving affiliated industries. However, owning to changes in industrial structures, the economy has slowed down recently.
A Japanese comic "
Chibi Maruko-chan" put Shimizu on the national map. This comic is written by Momoko Sakurafrom Shimizu. Shimizu is famous for its enthusiasm in soccer. A J. Leagueprofessional club Shimizu S-Pulseis just an example.
It locates on the coast of
Suruga Bayand covers a wide area from a coastal plain to mountains. The scenery of Mt. Fujiis beautiful and many pictures and paintings of the combination of Mt. Fujiand the Pacific Oceanhave been taken at Shimizu Bay. Since Shimizu is relatively close to Yokohama, they are often compared with each other in terms of harbor, tourism and leisure. Shimizu-Bayis International port in Japan, many foreign ships and Aegis battleship come in this bay.
Shimizu has two trains line servicing the area. Locally, the Shizuoka-tetsudo, or Shizutetsu connects Shimizu with Shizuoka. Nationally, the
Tōkaidō Main Lineruns through Shimizu, with Shimizu Station serving the area. Until 1984, the Shimizukō Lineran 8 km into Miho in the heart of the Shimizu peninsula. Local bus services provide many routes throughout Shimizu-ku.
Shimizu was introduced in a school textbook of geography as a city with all three industries: agriculture, heavy industry and commerce.
It is well known for producing Japanese mandarin oranges, and you can find many farms for
green teain the mountainous area and around the Nihon-daira. Shimizu portis famous as the no.1 place for landing tunaand exporting green teas. Production of roses used to be the highest in Japan.
The waterfront area is an industrial area and there are fish factories where they manufacture cans. However, since the
oil shock, the industry position has continued to decline.
There is a shopping mall at the
Shimizu station, called Shimizu Ginza, and it used to be the city center of Shimizu. However, there is no department store now. Seiyuis only an urban shopping center, which is located at the corner in front of the station. Since many large suburban shopping centers have been expanding, the shopping mall in the downtown area is not as lively as it used to be. Lately,department stores like Nagasaki-ya, Marui, Seifuand Daieihave closed, one after the another. Moreover, since Shimizu emerged with Shizuoka, the plan is being implemented to move fundamental functions to the area around Higashi-shizuokastation. This will be the third central area in addition to Shimizu and Shizuoka. Some people fear a further deterioration of the center of Shimizu along with central Shizuoka.
Shimizu is famous as one of the top five cities where soccer is quite popular. It is called “soccer kingdom” and it is well known as the home town of a
J. Leagueteam, Shimizu S-Pulse. The elementary schools and junior high schools equip fields with night lightings for soccer and Shimizu has maintained this infrastructure for a long time. Since 1987, the national soccer competition “ Shimizu cup” for boys and girls has been held in August. However, since around 2000, soccer teams around Shimizu, including S-pulse, have not achieved good results in national competitions. In 2005, Kenta Hasegawabecame the new manager of S-Pulse and is embarking on its reconstruction. In 2006, it excelled with the rise of young players and was ranked 4th of 17 teams.
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