Kuki, Saitama

Kuki (久喜市, Kuki-shi) is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 December 2020, the city had an estimated population of 152,569 in 67,339 households and a population density of 1900 persons per km².[1] The total area of the city is 82.41 square kilometres (31.82 sq mi).

Kuki
久喜市
Kuki City Hall
Kuki City Hall
Flag of Kuki
Official seal of Kuki
Location of Kuki in Saitama Prefecture
Location of Kuki in Saitama Prefecture
Kuki is located in Japan
Kuki
Kuki
Location of Kuki in Saitama Prefecture
Coordinates: 36°3′43.5″N 139°40′0.5″E / 36.062083°N 139.666806°E / 36.062083; 139.666806Coordinates: 36°3′43.5″N 139°40′0.5″E / 36.062083°N 139.666806°E / 36.062083; 139.666806
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureSaitama
Area
 • Total82.41 km2 (31.82 sq mi)
Population
 (December 2010)
 • Total152,569
 • Density1,900/km2 (4,800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeGinkgo biloba
- FlowerPyrus pyrifolia
Phone number0480-22-1111
Address85-3 Shimohayami, Kuki-shi, Saitama-ken 346-8501
WebsiteOfficial website
Gongendō Park

GeographyEdit

Kuki is located in northeastern Saitama Prefecture, approximately 50 kilometers from downtown Tokyo in the alluvial plains of the Tone River.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

Saitama Prefecture

Ibaraki Prefecture

ClimateEdit

Kuki has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa) characterized by warm summers and cool winters with light to no snowfall. The average annual temperature in Kuki is 14.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1338 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.7 °C, and lowest in January, at around 3.6 °C.[2]

DemographicsEdit

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Kuki has remained relatively steady for ten past 30 years.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1950 59,114—    
1960 60,409+2.2%
1970 74,477+23.3%
1980 114,920+54.3%
1990 141,400+23.0%
2000 154,292+9.1%
2010 154,335+0.0%

HistoryEdit

During the Sengoku period, the Koga kubō Ashikaga Masauji retired to the temple of Kantō-in, which is located within what is now Kuki. During the Edo period, Kuki Domain (10,000 koku) under the control of the Yonekitsu clan existed from 1684 to 1798. The town of Kuki was created within Minamisaitama District, Saitama with the establishment of the modern municipalities system on April 1, 1889. On July 1, 1954, Kuki merged with the neighboring villages of Ota, Ezura and Kiyoku. Kuki was elevated to city status on October 1, 1971. On March 23, 2010, Kuki absorbed the town of Shōbu (Minamisaitama District), and the towns of Kurihashi and Washimiya (both from Kitakatsushika District).[4]

GovernmentEdit

Kuki has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city council of 27 members. Kuki contributes two members to the Saitama Prefectural Assembly. In terms of national politics, the city is divided between the Saitama 13th district and Saitama 14th districts of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.

EconomyEdit

Kuki remains primarily an agricultural area, with rice as the predominant crop. The city has three industrial parks.

EducationEdit

  • Tokyo University of Science has a campus at Kuki.
  • Kuki has 23 public elementary schools and 11 public middle schools operated by the city government, and five public high schools operated by the Saitama Prefectural Board of Education. The prefecture also operates one special education school for the handicapped.

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

  JR EastUtsunomiya Line (Tōhoku Main Line),

  Tōbu RailwayTōbu Isesaki Line

  Tōbu RailwayTōbu Nikkō Line

HighwayEdit

Local attractionsEdit

The city is famous as the setting of anime series Lucky Star and The Fruit of Grisaia, bringing thousands of anime tourists to see Washinomiya Shrine each year.[5]

Sister city relationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kuki city official statistics" (in Japanese). Japan.
  2. ^ Kuki climate data
  3. ^ Kuki population statistics
  4. ^ [1] Archived 2008-04-18 at the Wayback Machine Japanese government site
  5. ^ "Washinomiya Promotes The Fruit of Grisaia in New Year's Festival". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  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.

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