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Location of Chōfu in Tokyo Metropolis
|• Mayor||Yoshiki Nagatomo (since July 2002)|
|• Total||21.53 km2 (8.31 sq mi)|
|Population (June 1, 2010)|
|• Density||10,440/km2 (27,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Cinnamomum camphora|
|- Flower||Lagerstroemia indica|
|- Bird||Japanese White-eye|
|Address||2-35-1 Kojima-cho, Chōfu-shi, Tokyo-to 182-8511|
|Website||Chōfu city official HP|
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The area of present-day Chōfu has been inhabited since Japanese Paleolithic times, and numerous remains from the Jōmon, Yayoi and Kofun periods have been discovered. During the Nara period, it became part of ancient Musashi Province. During the Sengoku period, the area was frequently contested between the Late Hōjō clan and Uesugi clan. During the Edo period, the area prospered as a post station on the Kōshū Kaidō and as a center for silkworm production.
The in post-Meiji Restoration cadastral reform of April 1, 1889, Chōfu Town and neighboring Jindai Village were established within Kanagawa Prefecture. The entire district was transferred to the control of Tokyo Metropolis on April 1, 1893. Jindai was elevated to town status on November 3, 1952, and merged with Chōfu Town on April 1, 1955, to form the present city of Chōfu.
Chōfu is primarily a regional commercial center, and a bedroom community for central Tokyo.
The headquarters of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are also located in the city.
- Keiō Line
- Keiō Sagamihara Line
- University of Electro-Communications
- Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
- Toho Gakuen School of Music
- Shirayuri Women's University
- Jikei University School of Medicine
- American School in Japan
Every July, Chōfu hosts the Chōfu City Fireworks Festival, attended by as many as 300,000 people along the banks of the Tamagawa River. The tiny Fuda Station on the Keio Line is inundated on this one day with tens of thousands of visitors.
There is a park and memorial hall commemorating the life of novelist Mushanokōji Saneatsu, a former resident of Chōfu.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Notable people from Chōfu
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- Kondō Isami – Bakumatsu period samurai
- Shigeru Mizuki - cartoonist, born in Sakaiminato but has lived in Chofu for roughly 50 years
- Saneatsu Mushanokōji – novelist, playwright, poet
- Oku Shutaro – director
- Junji Takada - actor
- 1964 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 2. Part 1. pp. 74-5.
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