Uozu is a city located in the eastern part of Toyama, Japan between Namerikawa and Kurobe, stretching from Toyama Bay and the Japan Sea in the northwest to tall mountain ranges in the southeast. The highest mountains in Uozu are Sougadake and Kekachiyama, and the highest elevation in Uozu is 2,414 meter. Several rapid rivers run through Uozu; from east to west, they are the Fuse River, the Katakai River, the Kado River, and the Hayatsuki River. The city was founded on April 1, 1952, and has sister city relationships with Chiang Mai City, Thailand (since 1989) and Ibara City, Japan (since 1982). The current mayor (as of October, 2006) is Mr. Yoshinori Sawasaki. Uozu is known for three mysterious phenomena, the (spring) mirage, the firefly squid, and the buried forest.