Kasukabe, Saitama

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Kasukabe
春日部市
Special city
View of central Kasukabe
View of central Kasukabe
Flag of Kasukabe
Flag
Official seal of Kasukabe
Seal
Location of Kasukabe in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Kasukabe in Saitama Prefecture
Kasukabe is located in Japan
Kasukabe
Kasukabe
Location of Kasukabe in Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates: 35°58′30.9″N 139°45′8.2″E / 35.975250°N 139.752278°E / 35.975250; 139.752278Coordinates: 35°58′30.9″N 139°45′8.2″E / 35.975250°N 139.752278°E / 35.975250; 139.752278
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Saitama Prefecture
Area
 • Total 66.00 km2 (25.48 sq mi)
Population (February 2016)
 • Total 232,294
 • Density 3,520/km2 (9,100/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Paulownia tomentosa
- Flower Wisteria
- Bird Black-headed gull
Phone number 048-736-1111
Address 6-2 Chuo, Kasukabe-shi, Saitama-ken 344-8577
Website Official website
Kasukabe City Hall

Kasukabe (春日部市 Kasukabe-shi?) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, in the central Kantō region of Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 232,294 and a population density of 3520 persons per km². Its total area was 66.00 km². Kasukabe is famous for the production of kiri-tansu (桐箪笥?), traditional dressers made from paulownia wood. The cultural and economic value of the paulownia is reflected in its designation as the official town tree.

Geography[edit]

Kasukabe is located in far eastern Saitama Prefecture.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

During the Edo period, Kasukabe prospered as a post station on the Nikkō Kaidō highway linking Edo with Nikkō. The modern town of Kasukabe was created within Minamisaitama District, Saitama with the establishment of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. On April 1, 1944, Kasukabe annexed the neighboring village of Uchimaki. On July 1, 1954 Kasukabe was elevated to city status after annexing the villages of Toyoharu, Takesato, Komatsu and Toyono. On October 1, 2005, Kasukabe absorbed the town of Shōwa (from Kitakatsushika District). Kasukabe was elevated to special city status on April 1, 2008, giving it increased local autonomy.

Economy[edit]

Kasukabe is a regional commercial center with a mixed economy.

Education[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

System City relations[edit]

  • United States Pasadena, California, United States, friendship city since July 3, 1993. Pasadena, California's Junior Chamber of Commerce does an exchange program each summer, alternating every year with Kasukabe residents going to Pasadena one summer and Pasadena residents coming to Kasukabe the next.[1][2]
  • AustraliaFraser Coast Region, Queensland, Australia,[3] friendship city since April 29, 2007.

Local attractions[edit]

  • Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel has a public entrance in Kasukabe. Also known as G-CANs, this huge underground flood control system was completed in 2009. The monumental main storage chamber, sometimes called the "underground temple", has been the setting for TV shows and commercials. It is open to tours.
  • Kasukabe Hachiman-gu
  • Ushijima Wisteria
  • Uchiaki Park

Shopping[edit]

Kasukabe is home to what was formerly one of the two Robinsons department stores in Japan, which became a Seibu department store in March 2013. The large, seven-story American-style store is a landmark for local residents. It is located on the east side of Kasukabe Station. However, Seibu is scheduled to close its doors due to a shortage of business, likely caused by competition with Aeon Mall.[4]

Close to the west entrance to the station is a shopping mall, known as Lala Garden, housing several chain retail stores, such as Uniqlo, Gap, ABC-Mart, as well as a supermarket, 100 yen shop, and more. There is also an Ito-Yokado on the west side of the station.

In March 2013, an Aeon mall opened on National Route 16, which shoppers can either reach by car, or by taking a regularly scheduled bus from the east entrance of the station. This mall, as well as Lala Garden, has a movie theatre.

Kasukabe Kite Festival on May

In popular culture[edit]

Kasukabe is the setting of the manga and anime series Lucky Star and Crayon Shin-chan. Shin-chan's creator Yoshito Usui also lived in Kasukabe.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japan Visitation". pasadenajaycees.org. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "公益社団法人春日部青年会議所". kasukabe-jc.com. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.saitama-np.co.jp/news/2015/10/09/02.html
  5. ^ "Crayon Shin-chan Manga Creator Usui Missing Since Friday". Anime News Network. September 15, 2009. Retrieved September 16, 2009. 

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