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View of central Kasukabe
Location of Kasukabe in Saitama Prefecture
|• Mayor||Ryozo Ishikawa|
|• Total||65.98 km2 (25.48 sq mi)|
|Population (November 1, 2015)|
|• Density||3,600/km2 (9,300/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Paulownia tomentosa|
|• Bird||Black-headed gull|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City Hall Address||6-2 Chuo, Kasukabe-shi, Saitama-ken
Kasukabe (春日部市 Kasukabe-shi?) is a city in eastern Saitama Prefecture, Japan, approximately 30 kilometers (19 mi) north of Tokyo. It was formerly located in Kitakatsushika and Minamisaitama Districts. Kasukabe once prospered as part of the Nikkō Kaidō highway, an important trade route that linked Edo with Nikkō.
The city was founded on July 1, 1954 and its mayor is Ryozo Ishikawa.
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. The city's official flower is the wisteria.
The public entrance to the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel is located here. 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 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.
Close to the west entrance to the station is a shopping mall, known as Lala Garden. Lala Garden houses 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.
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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.
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