Location of Rittō in Shiga Prefecture
|• Mayor||Masahiro Nomura|
|• Total||52.75 km2 (20.37 sq mi)|
|Population (June 30, 2006)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Kaizuka ibuki|
|• Flower||Calendula officinalis|
|• Bird||Japanese white-eye|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||1-13-33, Anyōji, Rittō-shi, Shiga-ken
Rittō (栗東市 Rittō-shi?) is a city located in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. It is well known to Japanese horse racing fans because it is home to the Japan Racing Association's training center and the famous jockey brothers, Yutaka Take and Koshiro Take who were also born in Rittō.
The kanji characters for Rittō are "chestnut" (栗; kuri) and "East" (東; higashi), despite the fact that Rittō is both in the west region of Japan and it does not have particularly many chestnut trees. In fact, the "栗" in Rittō doesn't mean chestnuts but refers to Kurita District (栗太郡; Kurita-gun), a former district that Rittō was located in the east of.
- October 1, 1954 - The villages of Konze, Hayama, Haruta and Daihō were merged to create the town of Rittō.
- October 1, 2001 - The city was founded by declaring the former town of Rittō city status.
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