Zentsūji, Kagawa

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Zentsūji
善通寺市
City
Zentsuji Temple
Zentsuji Temple
Flag of Zentsūji
Flag
Location of Zentsūji in Kagawa Prefecture
Location of Zentsūji in Kagawa Prefecture
Zentsūji is located in Japan
Zentsūji
Zentsūji
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°13′N 133°47′E / 34.217°N 133.783°E / 34.217; 133.783Coordinates: 34°13′N 133°47′E / 34.217°N 133.783°E / 34.217; 133.783
Country Japan
Region Shikoku
Prefecture Kagawa Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Masanori Hiraoka (since May 2010)
Area
 • Total 39.88 km2 (15.40 sq mi)
Population (June 1, 2011)
 • Total 34,114
 • Density 855.42/km2 (2,215.5/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Cinnamomum camphora
- Flower Chrysanthemum
Address 2-1-1 Bunkyo, Zentsuji-shi, Kagawa-ken
765-8503
Phone number 0877-62-2121
Zentsūji city hall

Zentsūji (善通寺市 Zentsūji-shi?) is a city located in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on March 31, 1954.

As of June 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 34,114, with 13,079 households and a population density of 855.42 persons per km². The total area is 39.88& km².

The origin of the city name is Zentsū-ji Buddhist temple.

The city is the place where Kūkai (also known as Kōbō Daishi) was born. Zentsūji is also home to Shikokugakuin University.

The Zentsūji Temple, from which the town gets its name, is the 75th temple on the 88-temple Shikoku Pilgrimage. It is also one of the three temples on the tour, that Kukai visited, the others being Tairyuji and Muroto Misaki, as Kukai mentioned them by name in his writings.

Farmers of the Zentsūji region found a way to grow cubic watermelons, by growing the fruits in glass boxes and letting them naturally assume the shape of the receptacle. The square shape is designed to make the melons easier to stack and store, but the square watermelons are often more than double the price of normal ones. Pyramid shaped watermelons have also been developed.[citation needed]

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