Toyota, Aichi

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Toyota City Hall
Downtown skyline

Toyota (豊田市 Toyota-shi?), aka Toyota City is a city located in the Mikawa region of Aichi, Japan, east of Nagoya.

Koromo and Toyota

The town of Koromo (挙母市), the predecessor of present day Toyota, was a major producer of silk, and prospered in the Mikawa Region from the Meiji Era through the Taishō period. As the demand for raw silk declined in Japan and abroad, the town entered a period of gradual decline. That decline encouraged Kiichiro Toyoda, cousin of Eiji Toyoda, to look for manufacturing alternatives to the family's automatic loom manufacturing business. This in turn led to the founding of what became the Toyota Motor Corporation.

The town gained city status on March 1, 1951. The town changed its name to Toyota in 1959 and became the sister city of another automotive industry headquarters, Detroit, Michigan, one year later. Toyota-shi is also twinned with the County of Derbyshire, England, of which Toyota operates a manufacturing plant as well.

On March 25, 2005, Expo 2005 opened with its main site being in Nagakute and additional activity in Seto and Toyota. The expo continued until September 25, 2005.

Transport

The closest Shinkansen station is Mikawa-Anjō Station (often simply referred to as Anjo), but people of Toyota usually use Nagoya Station because Nozomi and Hikari do not stop at Mikawa-Anjo.

History

The Matsudaira clan, one member of which took the name Tokugawa Ieyasu and became the first of 15 Tokugawa shoguns, derived its name from a village of the same name, now part of Toyota.

Sister Cities

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