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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)).