|Welcome to Iwatefs Yamada, a city smack in the middle of Rikuchuu seacoast
national park. Please click on the items in the menu at the
|Yamada, situated almost in the middle of the Rikuchuu seacoast, has two
bays; Yamada bay and Funakoshi bay.
Offshore where the Kurile Current and the Black [Japan] Current cross lies one of the worldfs most prominent fishing grounds.
Thanks to the rich fishery resources providing a wide range of marine products beginning but not ending with oysters in the shell, squid, abalone, scallops, seaweed etc. every season has its distinct taste.
Funakoshi peninsula with its rock faces, rocky beaches, Japanese red pines etc provides a scene of unsurpassed beauty and has great scientific value. It is said to be one of the last unexplored regions of Honshuu and was made into a national park in 1955.
Tairiku blessed with these breathtaking views, was hit by a terrible tsunami, we suffered a lot of damage but even while the townspeople were suffering from this severe blow the town was being rebuilt.
Approximately 350 years ago (in 1643) a Dutch ship called the Breskens entered Yamada bay. The crew of the Breskens entered the bay to get a new supply of water, provisions and vegetables and was warmly greeted by the people of Yamada.
This event 350 years ago triggered the cultural exchange with the Netherlands that started 5 years ago.
To give the kids a taste of Europe and to broaden their horizon we organised a soccer exchange with the Dutch Royal Hague Football Club and invited the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra to Yamada for a performance.
It was because of these international exchanges and the historical fact that the Breskens entered Yamada bay all those years ago that one of the Islands in Yamada bay was renamed as Orandajima (Holland Island).
Yamadafs seal, flower, tree and bird