Kashihara, Nara

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Kashihara Shrine
Kashihara Shrine
Flag of Kashihara
Location of Kashihara in Nara Prefecture
Location of Kashihara in Nara Prefecture
Kashihara is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°31′N 135°48′E / 34.517°N 135.800°E / 34.517; 135.800Coordinates: 34°31′N 135°48′E / 34.517°N 135.800°E / 34.517; 135.800
Country Japan
Region Kansai
Prefecture Nara Prefecture
 • Mayor Yutaka Morishita
 • Total 39.52 km2 (15.26 sq mi)
Population (January 1, 2010)
 • Total 125,547
 • Density 3,176.79/km2 (8,227.8/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Oak
- Flower Common gardenia
Address 1-1-18 Yagi-chō, Kashihara-shi, Nara-ken
Phone number 0744-22-4001
Website www.city.kashihara.nara.jp
Mount Unebi
Imai area, built in around the 15th century

Kashihara (橿原市 Kashihara-shi?) is a city located in Nara Prefecture, Japan.

As of January 1, 2010, the city has an estimated population of 125,547 and a population density of 3,176.79 persons per km². The total area is 39.52 km².

The city was founded on February 11, 1956. The former mayor was Yutaka Asoda, who was elected to his third term of office in 2003. The present mayor is Yutaka Morishita, who was elected in 2007.

The exact spot of Emperor Jimmu's descent to earth was debated for centuries until in 1863 an area that is now part of the city was claimed to be the exact location. The city was the location of the Imperial capital Fujiwara-kyō, from 694 to 710.

At that time it was said to be one of the two richest cities of Japan: Umi no Sakai, Riku no Imai (tr. "by the sea, Sakai – inland, Imai" - Imai now being a part of Kashihara).




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