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Sakurai (桜井市, Sakurai-shi) is a city located in Nara Prefecture, Japan.

Sakurai

桜井市
View of Omiwa Shrine, one of the sightseeing spots in Sakurai
View of Omiwa Shrine, one of the sightseeing spots in Sakurai
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Location of Sakurai in Nara Prefecture
Location of Sakurai in Nara Prefecture
Sakurai is located in Japan
Sakurai
Sakurai
 
Coordinates: 34°31′N 135°51′E / 34.517°N 135.850°E / 34.517; 135.850Coordinates: 34°31′N 135°51′E / 34.517°N 135.850°E / 34.517; 135.850
Country Japan
RegionKansai
PrefectureNara Prefecture
Government
 • MayorAkira Hasegawa
Area
 • Total98.92 km2 (38.19 sq mi)
Population
 (March 31, 2017)
 • Total58,386
 • Density590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Postal code(s)
633-8585
- TreeCryptomeria
- FlowerPrunus jamasakura
Phone number0744-42-9111
Address432-1 Ōaza Ōdono
633-8585
WebsiteCity of Sakurai

As of March 31, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 58,386, and 24,629 households.[1] The population density is 590 persons per km², and the total area is 98.92 km².[2]

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HistoryEdit

Sakurai was briefly the capital of Japan during the reign of Emperor Yūryaku.[3] The life of the Imperial court was centered at Hatsuse no Asakura Palace where the emperor lived in 457–479.[4] Other emperors also built palaces in the area, including

The modern city was founded on September 1, 1956.

Sakurai is home to Ōmiwa Shrine, traditionally considered one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan dedicated to the god of sake. Sake dealers across Japan often hang a wooden sugi ball, made at Ōmiwa Shrine, as a talisman to the god of sake. It was featured in Yukio Mishima's novel Runaway Horses.

Famous placesEdit

TransportationEdit

Sister citiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official website of Sakurai city" (in Japanese). Japan: Sakurai City. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ "面積および地勢" (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Sakurai City. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  3. ^ Ponsonby-Fane. (1915). The Imperial Family of Japan, p. 13.
  4. ^ a b c d Koch, W. (1904). Japan; Geschichte nach japanischen Quellen und ethnographische Skizzen. Mit einem Stammbaum des Kaisers von Japan, p. 13.
  5. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, p. 14; excerpt, "Mikaguri Palace"
  6. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, p. 15.
  7. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, p. 16.
  8. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, p. 17.
  9. ^ Brown, Delmer. (1979). Gukanshō, pp. 262-263; excerpt, "... palace was Osada no Miya of Iware in the province of Yamato."
  10. ^ Ponsonby-Fane, p. 18.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Sakurai, Nara at Wikimedia Commons