Ube, Yamaguchi


Roads in Ube
Roads in Ube
Flag of Ube
Official seal of Ube
Location of Ube in Yamaguchi Prefecture
Location of Ube in Yamaguchi Prefecture
Ube is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°57′N 131°15′E / 33°57′N 131°15′E / 33.950; 131.250

Ube (宇部市, Ube-shi) is a city located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan on the Seto Inland Sea. The city was founded on November 1, 1921.

As of October 2016, the city has an estimated population of 168,398 and a population density of 590 persons per km2. The total area is 287.69 square kilometres (111.08 square miles).

On November 1, 2004, the town of Kusunoki (from Asa District) was merged into Ube.

Its industrial base is in chemicals, concrete, and steel. The presence of Ube Industries in the city's economy is significant.

Previously a coal mining town, the city has developed an effective policy to improve its environment. In particular it has combated the problem of air pollution and its success in doing so saw it being recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme as among UNEP's Global 500 Roll of Honour in 1997.[1]

Former prime minister of Japan Naoto Kan was born in Ube.

Tokiwa Park (Tokiwa Koen)

Tokiwa park from the coal-mining museum tower in the park

Ube publicizes itself as "a city of greenery, flowers, and sculptures". Tokiwa Park is the centerpiece of this marketing, as it covers a large area near the center of the city and houses a large number of modern, mostly domestic sculptures on the shores of Lake Tokiwa. The sculptures can be found around the city. A sculpture competition is held biennially to provide new additions.

One of the main attractions of the park is a great white pelican called "Katta-kun", so named after his parents who were from Kolkata, India. Born in the park in 1985, he became famous as he began visiting schools in the vicinity by himself. There are many pelicans and swans in the park, including black swans. There is also a coal mining museum with a view over the city and airport from the top of the tower.

A bridge in Tokiwa Park
A statue in Tokiwa Park
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