Location of Isesaki in Gunma Prefecture
|• Mayor||Kiyotaka Igarashi (since January 2009)|
|• Total||139.33 km2 (53.80 sq mi)|
|Population (June 1, 2011)|
|• Density||1,514.54/km2 (3,922.6/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||2-410 Imaizumi-chō, Isesaki-shi, Gunma-ken
|Website||City of Isesaki|
A small city located near the geographic center of Japan's main island of Honshū, Isesaki is the fourth largest city in Gunma Prefecture and it is one of the growing cities within Gunma Prefecture. The center of the city is 15 km (9 mi) away from central Maebashi, 95 km (59 mi) from Central Tokyo, and it is located in the northwestern portion of the Kantō region and is next door neighbor to Saitama Prefecture across the Tone River.
The city was founded on September 13, 1940.
Isesaki is the birthplace of Mitsuru Adachi, the creator of the baseball manga Touch, as well as several others. It is also the location of J-List, a retailer of anime goods, visual novels and related products from Japan.
Isesaki is famous for silk fabrics (along with neighboring Kiryu). This craft is known as Isesaki Meisen. It has been made since the late 17th century, and became popular during the Meiji and Taishō periods. Now, however, due to the ubiquity of Western-style clothes, its popularity is decreasing.
The automotive equipment and electrical equipment manufacturing company Sanden Corporation is headquartered in the city. Also the city is home to Meisei Electric, a communications and electronics equipment and electric measuring instruments manufacturing company.
- "Sanden Corporation company profile". Retrieved March 15, 2014.
- "About Meisei Electric". Retrieved March 15, 2014.
- "Interactive City Directory". Sister Cities International. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
Media related to Isesaki, Gunma at Wikimedia Commons
- Isesaki City official website (Japanese)
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