Obara, Aichi

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Obara

小原村
Former municipality
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Location of Obara in Aichi Prefecture
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Obara
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°13′46.5″N137°17′6.3″E / 35.229583°N 137.285083°E / 35.229583; 137.285083 Coordinates: 35°13′46.5″N137°17′6.3″E / 35.229583°N 137.285083°E / 35.229583; 137.285083
CountryJapan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Aichi Prefecture
District Nishikamo
MergedApril 1, 2005
(now part of Toyota)
Area
  Total74.54 km2 (28.78 sq mi)
Population
 (December 1, 2004)
  Total4,353
  Density58.4/km2 (151/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+09:00 (JST)
Symbols
Bird Japanese bush-warbler
Flower Lilium japonicum
Tree Prunus serrulata

Obara (小原村, Obara-mura) was a village located in Nishikamo District, north-central Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

As of December 1, 2004, the village had an estimated population of 4,353 and a population density of 58.4 persons per km2. Its total area was 74.54 km2. Obara was well known as the home of traditional Japanese "Washi" mulberry paper.

Obara Village was created on July 1, 1906 through the merger of the hamlets of Kiyohara, Honjo, Fukuhara and Toyohara. On July 13, 1972, the village was partly destroyed by landslides following heavy rains, with the loss of 32 lives.

On April 1, 2005, Obara, along with the town of Fujioka (also from Nishikamo District), the towns of Asuke, Asahi and Inabu, and the village of Shimoyama (all from Higashikamo District), was merged into the expanded city of Toyota, and has ceased to exist as an independent municipality.

Obara is the only place in Japan where 10,000 rare shikizakura (四季桜, "four-seasons-cherry blossom") cherry trees grow, which bloom twice a year in spring and autumn. These trees are said to have originated in the early 1800s when the samurai physician Fujimoto Genseki was presented with one of those trees from a temple in Nagoya. [1]

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References

  1. Obara Shikizakura Four-Season Cherry Trees Festival (Obara Shikizakura Matsuri)