History

Ancient History

Kariya is located on Kinuura Bay in the middle of Aichi Prefecture with Nagoya City to the west. Kariya City is long, north to south, and borders the lower Aizuma River which flows into Kinuura Bay. The area is rich in water resources and seafood. The Yatsuzaki shell mound is located on the left bank of the Aizuma River. Some earthenware pieces of the Jyomon era (approx. 6,000 years ago) and 14 posthole groups that are considered to be the remains of a simple house were discovered during excavation fieldwork from 1955 to 1964. The entire area is now used as a park. Ancient History

Recent History

Recent History Kariya was built by Tadamasa Mizuno, a feudal lord, in 1533 and flourished as a castle town where Lady Odai lived when she was young. Lady Odai was the daughter of Tadamasa Mizuno and the mother of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Tokugawa shogun. In the Taisho period (1912-1926), Kariya began as an industrial town by successfully inviting Toyoda Automatic Loom Works Company to locate there. Toyoda Automatic Loom Works Company was founded by Sakichi Toyoda who is known as Japan’s king of inventors. Kiichiro Toyoda was a Japanese entrepreneur and the son of Toyoda Loom Works founder Sakichi Toyoda. His decision to take Toyoda Automatic Loom Works into automobile manufacturing created what would eventually become Toyota Motor Corporation, the world’s largest automobile manufacturer.
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