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Shichigahama Town Guide

Shichigahama Timeline

Stone Age - 10,000 BC First Residents.
Jomon Period
- 10,000BC - 300 BC
Jomon Tools discovered along Matsushima Bay Coasts, Shichigahama and Naruse Town.
Yayoi Period
- 300BC - 300Ad
Residents begin using metal tools, hunting, planting rice and depending upon the sea. Rice cultivation tools from this period were discovered in near by Tagajo.
Tumulus Period
- 300 - 700
Farming and the rice crop flourish. Formal Hierarchy develops, influenced from mainland practices. Major tombs constructed. There is little in the remains of tombs or evidence of major cultivation, but evidence of tomb caves remain at Yakushido in Minatohama, Sunahama and Hanabuchihama’s Takayama.
JINKI 1 - 724 Nearby Tagajo established as a government center. Takenominoto or present day Minatohama in Shichigahama becomes the major port for the area. Remains of the Government Saltworks and trade are found in Toguhama, Hanabuchihama in Shichigahama.
Enryaku 13 - 794 Yakushido Shrine constructed in Minatohama. Yakushido was build to prey for the safe return of Sailors.
Kenkyu 3 - 1192 Isawa establishes the region of what is now known as Shichigahama.
Keicho 8 - 1603 In the 286 years between the rise and crumble of power in Sendai, Shichigahama was considered one for supporting axels of the domain.
Kanbun 4 - 1664 Modifications to the Nanakita River create transportation routes through supporting Nigatake, Fukudamachi, Miyaginohara and Sendai which supports an increase in farming activity in Shichigahama.
Meiji 9 - 1876 A town hall is established, recognizing the municipality of Shichigahama formed upon the merger of the 7 villages on the peninsula.
Meiji 20 - 1887 A road along the perimeter of Shichigahama completed.
Meiji 21 - 1888 Shobutahama Recreational Beach and residences established.
Meiji 22 - 1889 Village of Shichigahama established. Pop: 4,157. Takayama retreat for foreigners opens. Canal from Kitakami River to Abukuma River opened, Seizan Canal project carried on (started in 1883). Seizan Floating Toll Bridge completed.
Meiji 37 - 1904 157 villagers go to war, 7 die and 78 injured.
Meiji 3 - 1906 Shobutahama Post Office completed.
Meiji 41 - 1908 First telegraph. Residences established at Hanabuchihama.
Taisho 2 - 1913 Privately managed Taidai Toll Bridge Collapses, replaced by ferry. Tsunami causes 91,583 yen worth of damage.
Taisho 3 - 1914 Plans and preparation started for Kimigaoka Park.
Taisho 4 - 1915 Town Hall at Shobutahama established. First gas powered engines on fishing vessels.
Taisho 4 - 1915 Town Hall at Shobutahama established. First gas powered engines on fishing vessels.
Taisho 6 - 1917 First construction under electric lights.
Taisho 9 - 1920 National Census finds Shichigahama population at 6,284. Fire Department established.
Taisho 12 - 1923 Parts of Shichigahama established as part of Matsushima Special Scenic Location Area.
Taisho 14 - 1925 Road from Shiogama and Shobuta through Hanabuchi, Yoshida and on to Sendai reinforced as a prefectureal route. Seizan Bridge Construction started.
Showa 2 - 1927 First electric lights in Town Hall. Americans visit Matsugahama Elementary School through a U.S. – Japan cooperative.
Showa 3 - 1928 Shipping Signal Tower completed at Hanabuchihama.
Showa 4 - 1929 Start of nori Cultivation.
Showa 5 - 1930 Population: 7,441 First Bus Route. Yoshidahama Post Office established.
Showa 6 - 1931 3 boats voyage out to become the first net fishing operation for North Pacific Salmon and Trout in Japan. (Operations end in 1943)
Showa 8 - 1933 Tsunami -- minor damage.
Showa 9 - 1934 33 Fishing Vessels embark on fishing operations in the North Pacific.
Showa 10 - 1935 Population: 8,463
Showa 12 - 1937 Tsunami destroys 100 meters of Matsugahama breakwater.
Showa 13 - 1938 First telephones.
Showa 14 - 1939 36 from Shichigahama die in Sino-Japanese war. Population: 9,279.
Showa 16 - 1941 336 from Shichigahama die in War of the Pacific.
Showa 22 - 1947 Population: 10,594
Showa 24 - 1949 Medical clinic opens in Shobuta.
Showa 25 - 1950 Population: 11,618
Showa 27 - 1952 Fishing cooperative and market opened in Hanabuchihama.
Showa 29 - 1954 Disaster Prevention Services Support Cooperative established with Shiogama, Matsushima, Tagajo and Rifu. Dike completed at Yogaisakihama.
Showa 30 - 1955 Population: 11,953
Showa 32 - 1957 First TV broadcast. Miyagi Prefecture holds talks about the amalgamation of Shichigahama, Shiogama and Rifu.
Showa 34 - 1959 Shichigahama Village becomes Shichigahama Town. Town hall moves to its current location. Residences at Yogasaki established. Sendai Thermal Power Plant Completed.
Showa 35 - 1960 Population: 13,054
Showa 37 - 1962 Three stories reinforced Town Hall building completed.
Showa 38 - 1963 Residences established at Toguhama. Cruise boat service terminated. Yogai Land reclamation project completed.
Showa 39 - 1964 Hanabuchi Lighthouse completed. A three-floor Ekiraku Elementary school completed.
Showa 40 - 1965 Population: 13,332
Showa 41 - 1966 Town water system established.
Showa 42 - 1967 First Town Sports Festival held.
Showa 43 - 1968 School lunch center built, program implemented. Daigi site of Jomon area remains designated as a national site.
Showa 45 - 1970 Shiogama Area Fire Department Association formed. Shichigahama Community Center completed.
Showa 46 - 1971 Shichigahama town gym and fire station completed.
Showa 47 - 1972 Direct phone service established. Shichigahama parent-child center established.
Showa 49 - 1974 Matsugahama Uto zone preparation completed. Kimigaoka water tank constructed. Shichigahama Chamber of Commerce established.
Showa 50 - 1975 Toyama Kindergarden opened. Move to Minatohama begins.
Showa 52 - 1977 Baseball Ground completed. Preparations made to begin Shiomidai residential area.
Showa 53 - 1978 General Culture Center completed. Miyagi Earthquake results in major damage to 59 buildings, one death and a cost of 230,000,000 yen to the town. Track grounds competed.
Showa 54 - 1979 Shichigahama dojo and tennis courts completed. Lights completed at baseball ground.
Showa 57 - 1982 Indoor pool completed.
Showa 60 - 1985 Population: 18,106
Showa 61 - 1986 Shichigahama History Museum completed.
Heisei 1 - 1989 Shichigahama 100th anniversary celebrated. Population: 19,523
Heisei 2 - 1990 First Yacht Competition opened in Shichigahama. First friendship-city delegation goes to Plymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Sister city relationship formed.
Heisei 4 - 1992 Population reaches 20,000.
Heisei 5 - 1993 Shichigahama Kokusaimura opened.
Heisei 6 - 1994 Shichigahama mission of “life long learning” declared. Indoor gateball facility completed. Town managed cemetery completed.
Heisei 7 - 1995 375th anniversary Festival of Sister town Plymouth Celebrated. Sendai International Triathlon held in Shichigahama.
Heisei 8 - 1996 Bus line between Tagajo Bunka Center and Kokusaimura developed. Shichigahama original "Boyajyu" ice cream sold.
Heisei 9 - 1997 Town Pool changed to Salt Water. 24-hour home-helper service opened.
Heisei 10 - 1998 Aquaria Heath Club and Soccer Stadium completed. Kokusaimura receives national architecture award.
Heisei 11 - 1999 The seven fishing cooperatives in Shichigahama merge.
Heisei 12 - 2000 Population: 21,134
Heisei 13 - 2001 All Japan Youth Soccer Tournament held at Shichigahama Soccer Stadium.