Okaya, Nagano

Okaya, Nagano
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Location of Okaya in Nagano
Okaya is located in Japan
Coordinates: 36°03′50″N 138°03′09″E / 36.06389°N 138.0525°E / 36.06389; 138.0525Coordinates: 36°03′50″N 138°03′09″E / 36.06389°N 138.0525°E / 36.06389; 138.0525
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Prefecture Nagano
 - Mayor Ryugo Imai (since September 2007)
 - Total 85.19 km2 (32.9 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2011)
 - Total 52,556
 - Density 616.93/km2 (1,597.8/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols
- Tree Taxus cuspidata
- Flower Rhododendron
Phone number 81-(0)266-23-4811
Address Saiwaichō 8-1, Okaya City, Nagano Prefecture (長野県岡谷市幸町8番1号)
Tenryū River flowing out of Lake Suwa, its source.
Landscape of Okaya

Okaya (岡谷市 Okaya-shi?) is a city located in Nagano, Japan. It was founded on 1 April 1936.

As of May 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 52,556, with 19,536 households and a population density of 616.93 persons per km². The total area is 85.19 km².

The city is twinned with Mount Pleasant, Michigan, USA, and in 2005 donated forty trees to it, honoring forty years of association between the two cities.[1]

From the Meiji period through into the start of the Shōwa period (1868-1930), Okaya was one of Japan's largest producers of export-quality silk, thanks to the introduction of a new silk-reeling machine from overseas.[citation needed]

After the second world war, Okaya established itself as a city of precision machinery, focusing on the manufacturing of products such as watches and cameras.

The region's local industry is predominantly made up of medium and small-sized businesses, but also some big-name businesses such as Seiko Epson, Olympus and Kyocera.

In addition, the city is known for its Onbashira and Taiko Festivals, as the birthplace of modern day skating[citation needed], and unagi (eel) dishes.

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