The Location of Nonoichi and an Overview of the City
LastUpDate： November 11, 2011
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|A convenient, comfortable and lively city: that is Nonoichi. It is a city that has aimed to improve urban infrastructure while paying due regard to maintaining harmony with nature, integrating its inhabitants with the generation of hustle and bustle. Aiming to create a yet more comfortable cultural city, we are focusing our efforts on industry, education and culture via collaborations with Kanazawa Institute of Technology and Ishikawa Prefectural University, both of which are located in the city.|
Spring in Nonoichi starts with the "Camellia Festival", and this is followed by such diverse events as the "Jonkara Festival" and "Mushi Okuri" in summer, and the "Vegetable Mikoshi" and "BIG APPLE IN NONOICHI" in autumn, giving ample opportunities for inhabitants and visitors to mingle.
We are pressing forward with urban development that makes the most of our history and traditions so that our inhabitants can take pride in our city.
Nonoichi Jonkara Festival
|The city of Nonoichi is located near the center of Ishikawa Prefecture, on flat ground with no sea or mountains. It adjoins the cities of Kanazawa in the north and east and Hakusan in the south and west. Nonoichi is in the center of the Kanazawa Plain created by the Tedori River and is blessed with fertile soil and abundant underground water. From ancient times this has been an important settlement in the Kaga region.|
The city covers an area of 13.56 km2, extending 4.5 km from east to west and 6.7 km from north to south. Nonoichi is a small city, representing 0.32% of the prefecture as a whole but, according to 2010 National Census, with a total population of 51,885 (27,288 males and 24,597 females) it has the highest population density out of all the municipalities in Ishikawa Prefecture.
The Municipal Logo and Flower
The municipal logo combines a double hiragana "No" to create a form representing the city's growth.The official flower is the camellia. It was selected because many shapely camellias have been grown here since olden times, and there is also a beautiful variety known as "Tsubaki Nonoichi" which is unlike other camellias in that its white seems to be streaked with a pale red.
|The Municipal Logo||The official flower: camellia|
- Sister city: Gisborne (New Zealand)
Gisborne is famous as being "the first city in the world to greet the dawn each day" due to its position in relation to the International Date Line. It has a similar population to Nonoichi, is a big producer of kiwi fruit, and has a climate that is suitable for the cultivation of camellias, the official flower of our city. We became sister cities in 1990, since when we have both sent parties of students on friendship trips and are deepening our cultural exchanges via homestays and visits to schools.
- Twinned school: Shenzhen Elementary School (Shenzhen, Guangdong, China)
Shenzhen Elementary School and Nonoichi Elementary School were twinned in 1985. Since then other elementary schools have joined in and international exchanges are being deepened. As a special economic zone, Shenzhen City is actively introducing capital and technology from Western countries and promoting educational and cultural research. We hope that their exchanges with the children of Shenzhen will give the children of Nonoichi a keener sense of the wider world.