Sakaiminato, Tottori

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Sakaiminato
境港市
City
Flag of Sakaiminato
Flag
Location of Sakaiminato in Tottori Prefecture
Location of Sakaiminato in Tottori Prefecture
Sakaiminato is located in Japan
Sakaiminato
Sakaiminato
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°32′N 133°14′E / 35.533°N 133.233°E / 35.533; 133.233Coordinates: 35°32′N 133°14′E / 35.533°N 133.233°E / 35.533; 133.233
Country Japan
Region Chūgoku (San'in)
Prefecture Tottori Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Katsuji Nakamura
Area
 • Total 28.79 km2 (11.12 sq mi)
Population (May 2008)
 • Total 35,710
 • Density 1,240/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Japanese Black Pine
- Flower Chrysanthemum
Address 3000, Agarimichichō, Sakaiminato-shi, Tottori-ken
684-8501
Phone number 0859-44-2111
Website Sakaiminato City

Sakaiminato (境港市 Sakaiminato-shi?) is a city located in Tottori Prefecture, Japan.[1]

History[edit]

An Imperial decree in July 1899 established Sakai as an open port for trading with the United States and the United Kingdom.[2]

Sakaiminato was founded on April 1, 1956. A merger with Yonago and other neighboring municipalities was proposed, but the majority of the citizenry voted against this, and Sakaiminato remained an autonomous municipality.

Geography[edit]

At the northern end of Yumigahama Peninsula, it is surrounded by the Miho Bay on the Sea of Japan to the east, Lake Nakaumi to the west and the Sakai Channel in the north, which also makes up the border with Shimane Prefecture.

As of 2008, the city has an estimated population of 35,710 and a population density of 1,240 persons per km². The total area is 28.79 km2 (11.12 sq mi).

Economy[edit]

The seaport of Sakaiminato has a long history as a seaport for the San'in Region. Following World War II the city has served as the base of the fishing industry for all of Western Japan. Consequently, marine product processing is also a major industry in the city.[3]

Transportation[edit]

Yonago Airport is located in Sakaiminato and is the busiest airport in Tottori Prefecture.[3] Nearby Miho Airbase, adjacent with the airport, is run by the Ministry of Defence. Asiana Airlines operates a sales office in Sakaiminato.[4]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Sakaiminato is twinned with:

Noted residents[edit]

Sakaiminato is the home of Shigeru Mizuki, the creator of GeGeGe no Kitaro, a character seen in many forms throughout Japan. The spirit of Kitaro can be found in Sakaiminato, on Kitaro Road, a street dedicated to all the characters that appear in Mizuki's stories. One hundred bronze statues of the story’s characters line both sides of the road.

Sakaiminato was also where the photographer Shōji Ueda was born and ran a studio.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The name of Sakaiminato in the Japanese language is formed from two kanji characters. The first, , means "border", and the second, means "port".
  2. ^ US Department of State. (1906). A digest of international law as embodied in diplomatic discussions, treaties and other international agreements (John Bassett Moore, ed.), Vol. 5, p. 759.
  3. ^ a b "Kurayoshi Plain". Encyclopedia of Japan. Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  4. ^ "Worldwide Offices Japan." Asiana Airlines. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.

External links[edit]

Media related to Sakaiminato, Tottori at Wikimedia Commons