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I passed through Saitama City once, and I too was intrigued by the fact that the name was in hiragana ... so when I saw the translation request for that section in Japanese, I couldn't pass it up! Hopefully this is a helpful addition to the article. CES 06:17, 18 Jun 2004 (UTC)
The Tokyoites, especially the newcomers often refer to Saitama as "Dasaitama," a combination of dasai (uncool) and Saitama. The Tokyo disdain for Saitama comes from before World War II, when Saitama was a rural area and considered to be markedly less sophisticated than the capital. Soredewa 11:18, 2005 May 28 (UTC)
I am unsure whether it adds value to the article, but I also distinctly remember (back in 95/96) native tokyoites drawing attention to the similarity between 'さいたま' and 'さいて' (pronounced sigh-te and a derogatory slang roughly translating to 'the worst' or, what I think they meant in the case of a saitama 'a dive/or dump'). Can anyone still in Tokyo - comment on this? (sorry, not logged in when I made this change Markscottjohnson 09:26, 21 July 2007 (UTC)).
I am uncertain as to whether "Saitama" is the appropriate term for this page. This is for the reason that I believe "Saitama" is more commonly used to refer to the prefecture rather than the city. For the same reason that "New York" takes you to the state rather than the city, I believe that "Saitama" should redirect to "Saitama Prefecture" rather than this page, to which I personally think that "Saitama, Saitama" is the more appropriate name. Thank you, JTST4RS (talk) 17:08, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
The city is more well-known than the prefecture. The prefecture is named after the city, so the order of precedent is quite clear. Gryffindor (talk) 14:51, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
That's an interesting claim, since the city didn't exist until 2001, and, according to the Japanese Wikipedia article, the name of prefecture can be traced back to the county of Saitama documented in the 10th century Wamyō Ruijushō dictionary. --DAJF (talk) 15:07, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
I also question whether the city is indeed more well known. Article traffic statistics indicate that the prefecture is viewed over 200 times per day () whereas this city article typically gets 20-40 views (). JTST4RS (talk) 15:31, 12 September 2014 (UTC)