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Katsushika

Katsushika
葛飾区
Special ward
Katsushika City
Shibamata Taishaku-ten in Katsushika
Shibamata Taishaku-ten in Katsushika
Flag of Katsushika
Flag
Official logo of Katsushika
Logo
Location of Katsushika in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Katsushika in Tokyo Metropolis
Katsushika is located in Japan
Katsushika
Location in Japan
Coordinates:
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
Government
 • Mayor Katsunori Aoki (since December 2009)
Area
 • Total 34.80 km2 (13.44 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2015)
 • Total 444,356
 • Density 12,770/km2 (33,100/sq mi)
Symbols
 • Tree Willow
 • Flower Iris
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City Hall Address 5-13-1 Tateishi, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
124-8555
Phone number 03-3695-1111
Website .jp.lg.katsushika.citywww

Katsushika (葛飾区 Katsushika-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. It lies in the northeast of the ward area. The ward calls itself Katsushika City in English.

As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 444,356, and a population density of 12,770 people per km². The total area is 34.80 km².

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Boundaries 1.1
    • Rivers 1.2
    • Districts 1.3
  • History 2
  • Economy 3
  • Government and infrastructure 4
  • Education 5
    • Colleges and universities 5.1
    • High schools 5.2
    • Elementary and junior high schools 5.3
  • Transportation 6
    • Rail 6.1
    • Highways 6.2
  • Sister cities 7
  • Notable people 8
  • Notable works set in Katsushika 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12

Geography

Katsushika Ward is at the east end of Tokyo Metropolis. It is on an alluvial plain and it is low above sea level.

The ward office (Katsushika city hall) is located at Tateishi.

Boundaries

Katsushika has boundaries with three wards of Tokyo: Adachi, Edogawa and Sumida. The cities of Matsudo in Chiba Prefecture, and Misato and Yashio form the northeast border of the ward.

Rivers

Major rivers in Katsushika include the Edogawa, Arakawa and Ayasegawa. Nakagawa and Shin-nakagawa flows through the ward.

Districts

  • Aoto
  • Higashi Horikiri
  • Higashi Kanamachi
  • Higashi Mizumoto
  • Higashi Shin-koiwa
  • Higashi Tateishi
  • Higashi Yotsugi
  • Horikiri
  • Hosoda
  • Kamakura
  • Kameari
  • Kanamachi
  • Kosuge
  • Minami Mizumoto
  • Mizumoto
  • Mizumoto Koen
  • Niijuku
  • Nishi Kameari
  • Nishi Mizumoto
  • Nishi Shin-koiwa
  • Ohanajaya
  • Okudo
  • Shibamata
  • Shinkoiwa
  • Shiratori
  • Takaramachi
  • Takasago
  • Tateishi
  • Yotsugi

History

Katsushika District was originally a division of Musashi Province. When the province was divided and reconfigured, the district was partitioned between Kita-Katsushika District (within Saitama Prefecture), Higashi-Katsushika District (within Chiba Prefecture) and the remainder was based in Tokyo Prefecture. Minami-Katsushika District conformed today's Katsushika Ward proper, plus Edogawa, Koto and Sumida wards.

On October 1, 1932, the former Minami-Katsushika District of what was then known as Tokyo Prefecture, and its seven towns and villages, merged and became part of the old Tokyo City.

The special ward was founded on March 15, 1947.

Katsushika contains Narihira Santosen Temple, the "Bound Jizō" of Ōoka Echizen, and Shibamata Taishakuten, selected as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan and 100 Landscapes of Japan (Heisei era).

Economy

Takara Tomy has its headquarters in Katsushika.[1]

Government and infrastructure

The Tokyo Detention House, a correctional facility, is in the ward.[2] One of Japan's seven execution chambers is in the Tokyo Detention House.[3]

Education

Colleges and universities

High schools

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education operates public high schools.

  • Katsushika Commercial High School[4]
  • Katsushika Sogo High School[5]
  • Katsushikano High School[6]
  • Honjo Technical High School[7]
  • South Katsushika High School[8]
  • Nousan High School[9]
  • Katsushika School for the Blind[10]

Elementary and junior high schools

Katsushika operates public elementary and junior high schools.

  • Katsushika Aoto Junior High School
  • Katsushika Okudo Junior High School

Transportation

Rail

Highways

  • Shuto Expressway C2 Central Loop (Itabashi JCT - Kasai JCT)
  • Route 6 (Mito Kaidō)
  • Kan-nana
  • Kuramae bashi
  • Heiwa bashi
  • Shibamata Kaidō
  • Okudo Kaidō
  • Tokyo Route 307 Oji-Kanamachi-Edogawa line (Oji-ekimae to Minami-shinozaki)

Sister cities

Katsushika has sister-city relationships with Fengtai District in Beijing, China, and with Floridsdorf, a district of Vienna, Austria.

Notable people

Notable works set in Katsushika

The long-running film series, the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series starring Kiyoshi Atsumi as Tora-san, takes place in Katsushika, as does the longest-running manga series in history, Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo. Other notable works set in Katsushika are the television series Kamen Rider Hibiki and the film Long Vacation.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Corporate Information." Takara Tomy. Retrieved on March 16, 2010.
  2. ^ "Diet members tour execution chamber." The Japan Times. Thursday July 24, 2003. Retrieved on August 27, 2010.
  3. ^ Lendon, Brad. "Japan reveals long-secretive execution process." CNN. August 27, 2010. Retrieved on August 27, 2010.
  4. ^ [8]
  5. ^ [9]
  6. ^ [10]
  7. ^ [11]
  8. ^ [12]
  9. ^ [13]
  10. ^ [14]

External links

  • Katsushika City official website (Japanese)
  • "Bound Jizō"
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