A view of October Sawara Festival, these festival held on July and October
Location of Katori in Chiba Prefecture
|• Mayor||Seiichi Ui (since May 2006)|
|• Total||262.31 km2 (101.28 sq mi)|
(April 1, 2012)
|• Density||310/km2 (800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|• Flower||Japanese iris (Iris laevigata)|
|• Bird||Great reed warbler|
|Address||Sawaraguchi 2127, Katori-shi, Chiba-ken|
Katori is located in far northeastern Chiba Prefecture, along the lower reaches of the Tone River.
After the Meiji Restoration, the area consisted of the towns of Sawara and Omigawa, and the villages of Katori, Kanishi and Higashi-Daito (founded within Katori District on May 23 1890). Katori was raised to town status on May 5, 1897. On March 15, 1951, the city of Sawara was formed by the merger of Katori, Sawara, Omigawa and Higashi-Daito. Sawara expanded on February 11, 1955 by annexing the neighboring villages of Niijima, Okura, Mizuho and Tsunomiya.
Katori is a regional commercial center. The economy is primarily agricultural, with rice, chives, onions, and greater burdock as major crops.
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