Kasukabe, Saitama

Kasukabe (春日部市, Kasukabe-shi) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 February 2021, the city had an estimated population of 233,278 in 108,328 households and a population density of 3500 persons per km².[1] The total area of the city is 66.00 square kilometres (25.48 sq mi). 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.

Kasukabe

春日部市
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
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureSaitama
Area
 • Total66.00 km2 (25.48 sq mi)
Population
 (February 2021)
 • Total233,278
 • Density3,500/km2 (9,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreePaulownia tomentosa
- FlowerWisteria
- BirdBlack-headed gull
Phone number048-736-1111
Address6-2 Chuo, Kasukabe-shi, Saitama-ken 344-8577
WebsiteOfficial website
Kasukabe City Hall

GeographyEdit

Kasukabe is located in far eastern Saitama Prefecture, divided between the Shimosa Plateau and the Omiya Plateau by the Nakagawa lowlands and the Edogawa River. The eastern portion of the city is still rural, with the largest area of paddy fields in Saitama.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

Saitama Prefecture

Chiba Prefecture

ClimateEdit

Kasukabe has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cool winters with light to no snowfall. The average annual temperature in Kasukabe is 14.5 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1408 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.3 °C, and lowest in January, at around 2.8 °C.[2]

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Kasukabe has increased rapidly from the 1960s.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1960 50,088—    
1970 103,828+107.3%
1980 187,913+81.0%
1990 226,449+20.5%
2000 240,924+6.4%
2010 237,178−1.6%

HistoryEdit

The area of Kasukabe was part of ancient Musashi Province and has been settled since at least the Jomon period as evidenced by many shell middens and ancient burial mounds. During the Edo period, Kasukabe prospered as a post station on the Nikkō Kaidō highway linking Edo with Nikkō.

The town of Kasukabe was created within Minamisaitama District, Saitama with the establishment of the modern 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, old Kasukabe city and the town of Shōwa (from Kitakatsushika District) were merged into the new and expanded city of Kasukabe. Kasukabe was elevated to special city status on April 1, 2008, giving it increased local autonomy.

GovernmentEdit

Kasukabe has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city council of 32 members. Kasukabe contributes three members to the Saitama Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is divided between Saitama 13th district and Saitama 14th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

EconomyEdit

Kasukabe is a regional commercial center with a mixed economy.

EducationEdit

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

  Tōbu Railway - Tobu Skytree Line

  Tōbu Railway - Tobu Urban Park Line

HighwayEdit

System City relationsEdit

  •   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 summer.[4][5]
  •  Fraser Coast Region, Queensland, Australia,[6] friendship city since April 29, 2007.

Local attractionsEdit

  • 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

ShoppingEdit

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 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.[7]

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.

 
Kasukabe Kite Festival on May

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.

In popular cultureEdit

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.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kasukabe city official statistics" (in Japanese). Japan.
  2. ^ Kasukabe climate data
  3. ^ Kasukabe population statistics
  4. ^ "Japan Visitation". pasadenajaycees.org. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  5. ^ 公益社団法人春日部青年会議所. kasukabe-jc.com. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  6. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 4 January 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-11-19. Retrieved 2015-10-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Crayon Shin-chan Manga Creator Usui Missing Since Friday". Anime News Network. September 15, 2009. Retrieved September 16, 2009.

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