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Location of Sakaiminato in Tottori Prefecture
|• Mayor||Katsuji Nakamura|
|• Total||28.79 km2 (11.12 sq mi)|
|Population (May 2008)|
|• Density||1,240/km2 (3,200/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Japanese Black Pine|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City Hall Address||3000, Agarimichichō, Sakaiminato-shi, Tottori-ken
Sakaiminato was founded on April 1, 1956. A merger with Yonago and other neighboring municipalities was proposed, but the majority of the citizenry voted against this, and Sakaiminato remained an autonomous municipality.
At the northern end of Yumigahama Peninsula, it is surrounded by the Miho Bay on the Sea of Japan to the east, Lake Nakaumi to the west and the Sakai Channel in the north, which also makes up the border with Shimane Prefecture and its capital Matsue.
The seaport of Sakaiminato has a long history as a seaport for the San'in Region. Following World War II the city has served as the base of the fishing industry for all of Western Japan. Consequently, marine product processing is also a major industry in the city.
Yonago Airport is in Sakaiminato and is the busiest airport in Tottori Prefecture. Nearby Miho Airbase, next to the airport, is run by the Ministry of Defence. Asiana Airlines operates a sales office in Sakaiminato.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Sakaiminato is twinned with:
- Hunchun, China
Sakaiminato is the home of Shigeru Mizuki, the creator of GeGeGe no Kitaro, a character seen in many forms throughout Japan. The spirit of Kitaro can be found in Sakaiminato, on Kitaro Road, a street dedicated to all the characters that appear in Mizuki's stories. One hundred bronze statues of the story’s characters line both sides of the road.
Sakaiminato was also where the photographer Shōji Ueda was born and ran a studio.
- The name of Sakaiminato in the Japanese language is formed from two kanji characters. The first, 境, means "border", and the second, 港 means "port".
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- "Worldwide Offices Japan." Asiana Airlines. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
- "Sakaiminato/Yonago". Japan: The Official Guide. Japan National Tourism Organization. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
- "DBS Cruise Ferry Sakaiminato - Donghae - Vladivostok". DBS Cruise Ferry. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
- Media related to Sakaiminato, Tottori at Wikimedia Commons
- Sakaiminato City official website (Japanese)
- Sakaiminato City official website (English)