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Yasugi
安来市
Yasugi City Hall
Location of Yasugi in Shimane Prefecture
Yasugi
Yasugi
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°25′42″N 133°15′13″E / 35.42833°N 133.25361°E / 35.42833; 133.25361Coordinates: 35°25′42″N 133°15′13″E / 35.42833°N 133.25361°E / 35.42833; 133.25361
CountryJapan
RegionChūgoku (San'in)
PrefectureShimane Prefecture
Government
 • MayorTakeo Tanaka (since October 2020)
Area
 • Total420.97 km2 (162.54 sq mi)
Population
 (March 1, 2017)
 • Total38,875
 • Density92/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall addressYasugi-cho 878-2, Yasugi City, Shimane Prefecture (島根県安来市安来町878-2)
692-8686
Symbols
BirdSwan
FlowerBamboo
TreeCherry blossom

Yasugi (安来市, Yasugi-shi) is a city located in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. As of March 1, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 38,875 and a population density of 92 persons per km². The total area is 420.97 km2 (162.54 sq mi).

History

The ruins of Gassantoda Castle are in Yasugi.

According to legend, the goddess Izanami was buried here. In Shinto, both holy and negative concept exists.

The city was an ancient steel-making (tatara) center. The Yasugi Steel brand name bears the name of the city, and was established by Hitachi Metals, Ltd.

Yasugi was elevated to city status on April 4, 1954.

On October 1, 2004, the towns of Hakuta and Hirose (both from Nogi District) were merged into Yasugi.

Sightseeing

Gardens of the Adachi Museum of Art
Gardens of the Adachi Museum of Art

The Adachi Museum of Art has Japanese gardens and a collection of contemporary Japanese paintings, comprising approximately 1,300 of the country's most highly regarded paintings produced after the Meiji period and centering on the works of Yokoyama Taikan. There is a free shuttle between JR Yasugi Station and the museum (20 minutes).

Other sightseeing spots include:

Culture

The city is known for Yasugibushi, a well-known folk song (Minyo) in Japan.[citation needed]

International relations

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Japan

Twin towns — Sister cities

Yasugi is twinned with: