HISTORY

Where Did We Come From,
Where Are We Going?


Seika has long acted as a gcultural corridorh between the Kyoto and Nara areas, and it has flourished as an agricultural town. Ruins of ancient homes, known as the eHata no Maef ruins, prove that people have lived in the area since the Yayoi Period (around 100 A.D.) The ruins of the mansions and wells of powerful families who lived during the Nara Period (around 750 A.D.) have been excavated as well. In the western hills of Seika, there is also the site of Inayazuma Castle, where the last moments of the Yamashiro Region riots in the Muromachi Period (1485) took place.
The Kizu River has long been used as a vital route of transportation, and it has played an important role in the establishment of the area's culture and economy. During the Edo Period, around 1700, the people of Seika put much effort into river improvement and the opening of new rice fields.
In 1931 the villages of Komada, Inada and Hosono were merged to become Kawanishi Village, and in 1951 the village was merged with Yamadasho Village to become Seika Village. Seika Village became Seika Town in 1955, which had a population of 9,452 at the time. From 1965, because transportation from Seika to Kyoto, Osaka and Nara became very convenient, and because Seika is blessed with pleasant natural surroundings, a wave of housing development hit the town. It has now become a town of over 31,000 people. With the construction of Kansai Science City in the Keihanna Hills, Seika, which grew from a village to a town, is now being transformed into a city.

œKANSAI SCIENCE CITY
In preparing for the 21st century and wishing to make a meaningful contribution to mankind, Kansai Science City was established as a national project to promote international and creative research in the areas of culture and science.
Kansai Science City was constructed in the heart of the Keihanna Hills as these hills are blessed with an abundance of history, culture and nature, and because the central cities of western Japan - Kyoto, Osaka and Nara -are all within 20-30 kilometers of the hills.

As Seika Town lies in the center of this science city, it necessarily serves as the core for the city's research and other activities.
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