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Encyclopedia > Saitama, Saitama
Saitama City
さいたま市
[[Image:|235px|Location of Saitama City]]
Saitama City's location in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
Location
Country Japan
Region Kanto
Prefecture Saitama Prefecture
Physical characteristics
Area 217.49 km²
Population (as of July 1, 2006)
     Total 1,182,115
     Density 5,435/km²
Location 35°51′42″N, 139°38′43″E
Symbols
Tree Zelkova serrata(Keyaki)
Flower Primula(Sakura-sou)
Image:Shisho.jpg
Symbol of Saitama City
Saitama City Hall
Address 〒330-9588
Saitama-shi,Urawa-ku
Tokiwa,6-4-4
Phone number 048-829-1111
Official website: Saitama City

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Saitama (さいたま市 -shi?) is the capital and the most populous city of Saitama Prefecture in Japan. It was created by the merger of the cities of Urawa, Omiya, and Yono in 2001. It merged with the city of Iwatsuki in 2005. It has been a city designated by government ordinance since 2003. Many of its residents commute into Tokyo. This article is about the Japanese municipality system. ... Saitama Prefecture (埼玉県; Saitama-ken) is located on Honshu island, Japan. ... Urawa (浦和区; -ku) is a ward (pop. ... Omiya (大宮区; -ku) is a ward of Saitama. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Iwatsuki-ku (岩槻区) is a ward of Saitama, Saitama, Japan since April 1, 2005 merger, whose area is identical to the former city of Iwatsuki described below. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A city designated by government ordinance, or Government Ordinance City (政令指定都市 seirei shitei toshi or 政令市 seirei shi) is a city of Japan that has a population greater than 500,000 and important economic and industrial functions, and that is considered a major city in Japan. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tokyo , literally eastern capital) is the capital of Japan and one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. ...

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Demographics

As of July 1, 2006, the city had an estimated population of 1,182,115. The total area is 217.49 km². July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Wards

Saitama has 10 wards (ku): A ku (区), translated as ward, is a district in a large Japanese city. ...

  • Chūō-ku (中央区)
  • Iwatsuki-ku (岩槻区)
  • Kita-ku (北区)
  • Midori-ku (緑区)
  • Minami-ku (南区)
  • Minuma-ku (見沼区)
  • Nishi-ku (西区)
  • Ōmiya-ku (大宮区)
  • Sakura-ku (桜区)
  • Urawa-ku (浦和区)

Iwatsuki-ku (岩槻区) is a ward of Saitama, Saitama, Japan since April 1, 2005 merger, whose area is identical to the former city of Iwatsuki described below. ... Omiya (大宮区; -ku) is a ward of Saitama. ... Urawa (浦和区; -ku) is a ward (pop. ...

Economy

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Transportation

Saitama, especially Omiya has been a regional transportation hub for railways and roads for both passengers and cargo. The radial traffic to and from Tokyo and the arc traffic bypassing Tokyo often merge here. This includes daily commuter traffic, regional and national traffic of agricultural and industrial products as well as seasonal vacations. Rail and road development in the past 25 years at last seems to have caught up with the slowing of traffic demand. Omiya (大宮区; -ku) is a ward of Saitama. ... A road ascends a mountainside using hairpin bends in the French Alps. ... Cargo is a term used to denote goods or produce being transported generally for commercial gain, usually on a ship, plane, train or truck. ... A radial is a line drawn along a vector. ... Interstate 80, a freeway in California with many lanes and heavy traffic. ... Tokyo , literally eastern capital) is the capital of Japan and one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. ... In Euclidean geometry, a circle is the set of all points in a plane at a fixed distance, called the radius, from a fixed point, the centre. ...


Honda Airport in Okegawa is for general aviation and offers no scheduled transport services. A trip from almost domestic Haneda Airport or Narita International Airport takes about two hours. Okegawa (Japanese: 桶川市; -shi) is a city located in Saitama, Japan. ... General aviation (abbr. ... Tokyo International Airport ) (IATA: HND, ICAO: RJTT), located in Ota, Tokyo, Japan, is one of the main airports serving the Greater Tokyo Area. ... Narita International Airport ) (IATA: NRT, ICAO: RJAA) is an international airport located in Narita, Chiba, Japan, in the eastern portion of the Greater Tokyo Area. ...


Due to the Football World Cup 2002, the Nanboku Line of the Tokyo Metro system was extended from Akabane-Iwabuchi all the way to Urawa-Misono: however, the name of the line changes from Nanboku to Saitama Railway when the train passes the official boundary of Tokyo and Saitama. The extension of the metro obviously gave a boost to the neigborhood, and parts of Saitama are increasingly popular to live in, being about a 30–40 minute commute to central Tokyo. The 2002 Football World Cup (Official name: 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan) was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. ... new Tokyo Metro sign and logo This office tower, above Tokyo Metro Ueno Station, houses the headquarters of the Tokyo Metro. ...


Culture

Sports

Saitama is home to two J. League football (soccer) teams: the popular Urawa Red Diamonds, owned by Mitsubishi and Omiya Ardija, owned by NTT. The new Saitama Stadium hosted many football games of the 2002 World Cup, including one of the semifinals. The Japan Professional Football League ), or J. League ), is the top professional soccer league in Japan, and the most successful professional football league in Asia. ... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The Urawa Red Diamonds (Japanese: 浦和レッドダイヤモンズ), also known as Urawa Reds (Japanese: 浦和レッズ), are one of the most popular football clubs in the J. League. ... For information on Mitsubishi brand computer monitors, see NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display of America Inc. ... Omiya Ardija is a professional soccer club in the J. League, based in Omiya-ku in Saitama, Saitama, Japan. ... NTT may refer to Nippon Telegraph and Telephone The New Technology Telescope in La Silla, Chile. ... Saitama Stadium 2002 (Japanese: 埼玉スタジアム2002 Saitama Sutajiamu Ni-maru-maru-ni) is a stadium specialized to football, located in Midori-ku, Saitama, Saitama, Japan. ... (Redirected from 2002 World Cup) The 2002 Football World Cup was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. ...


Tokorozawa, Saitama is home city to the popular and successful proessional baseball team the Seibu Lions who are owned by Seibu and whose home field is the Seibu Dome. Tokorozawa (Japanese: 所沢市; -shi) is a city located in Saitama, Japan. ... The Seibu Lions (in Japanese, 西武ライオンズ) are a professional baseball team in Japans Pacific League and are owned by Yoshiaki Tsutsumi, who was once listed as the worlds richest man. ... Seibu may refer to: Seibu Railway Seibu Department Stores This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Seibu Dome is a stadium located in Tokorozawa, Saitama used by the Seibu Lions. ...


They are also home to the Japan professional basketball team the Saitama Broncos


In 2006, Saitama will host, at the Saitama Super Arena, some games of the 2006 FIBA Basketball World Championship, including the final. The Rolling Stones performed at the arena in April of 2006. Saitama Super Arena (Japanese: さいたまスーパーアリーナ Saitama Sūpā Arīna) is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Chuo-ku, Saitama, Saitama, Japan. ... Official logo The winner, Spain, is being celebrated The 2006 FIBA World Championship was an international basketball competition hosted by Japan from August 19 to September 3, 2006. ... This article is about the rock band. ...


Richmond, Virginia: 1993 established longest sports Exchange between Saitama (formerly Urawa) Junior Baseball and Richmond Little League


History

The city was founded on May 1, 2001 and was designated on April 1, 2003 by government ordinance. On April 1, 2005 it merged with the city of Iwatsuki to its east, which became a new ward Iwatsuki-ku. May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A city designated by government ordinance, or Government Ordinance City (政令指定都市 seirei shitei toshi or 政令市 seirei shi) is a city of Japan that has a population greater than 500,000 and important economic and industrial functions, and that is considered a major city in Japan. ... April 1 is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 274 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Iwatsuki-ku (岩槻区) is a ward of Saitama, Saitama, Japan since April 1, 2005 merger, whose area is identical to the former city of Iwatsuki described below. ... A ku (区), translated as ward, is a district in a large Japanese city. ... Iwatsuki-ku (岩槻区) is a ward of Saitama, Saitama, Japan since April 1, 2005 merger, whose area is identical to the former city of Iwatsuki described below. ...


Origin of the name "Saitama"

The name "Saitama" originally comes from the Sakitama (埼玉郡) district of what is now the city of Gyoda in the northern part of what is now known as Saitama Prefecture. "Sakitama" has an ancient history and is mentioned in the famous 8th century poetry anthology Man'yoshu. The pronunciation has changed from Sakitama to Saitama over the years. Gyōda (行田市; -shi) is a city located in Saitama, Japan. ... Manyoshu (万葉集 Manyōshū, Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves) is the oldest existing, and most highly revered, collection of Japanese poetry, compiled sometime in the Nara or early Heian periods. ...


With the merger of Urawa, Omiya, and Yono it was decided that a new name, one fitting for this newly-created prefectural capital, was needed. The prefectural name "Saitama" (埼玉県) was changed from kanji into hiragana, thus Saitama City (さいたま市) was born. It is the only prefectural capital in Japan whose name is always written in hiragana, and a member of the hiragana cities. Urawa (浦和区; -ku) is a ward (pop. ... Omiya (大宮区; -ku) is a ward of Saitama. ... Japanese writing Kanji Kana Hiragana Katakana Hentaigana Manyogana Uses Furigana Okurigana Rōmaji Kanji (Japanese: ) are the Chinese characters that are used in the modern Japanese logographic writing system along with hiragana (平仮名), katakana (片仮名), and the arabic numerals. ... Japanese writing Kanji 漢字 Kana 仮名 Hiragana 平仮名 Katakana 片仮名 Uses Furigana 振り仮名 Okurigana 送り仮名 Rōmaji ローマ字 Hiragana ) are a Japanese syllabary, one of the four Japanese writing systems, along with katakana, kanji and rōmaji (i. ... Hiragana cities The hiragana cities of Japan are cities whose names are written in hiragana rather than kanji. ...


However, Saitama written in hiragana (さいたま市) finished in second in public polling to Saitama written in kanji (埼玉市). Despite this, government officials decided to name the new city Saitama: written in hiragana, not kanji. In third place in the poll was Omiya (大宮市). In fourth was Saitama (彩玉市), written with an alternative kanji for "sai" (彩) that means "colorful". The "sai" (埼) used in the prefectural name is a rare form of a common character (崎) that means cape or promontory.


Points of interest

Hikawa shrine Hikawa shrine (Japanese: ) in the Omiya district of Saitama is a major Shinto jinja. ... Saitama Stadium 2002 (Japanese: 埼玉スタジアム2002 Saitama Sutajiamu Ni-maru-maru-ni) is a stadium specialized to football, located in Midori-ku, Saitama, Saitama, Japan. ... Seibu Dome is a stadium located in Tokorozawa, Saitama used by the Seibu Lions. ... The Tokorozawa Aviation Museum is dedicated to the history of aviation in Japan. ... Saitama Super Arena (Japanese: さいたまスーパーアリーナ Saitama SÅ«pā ArÄ«na) is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Chuo-ku, Saitama, Saitama, Japan. ... John Lennon Museum (Japanese: ジョン・レノン・ミュージアム Jon Renon Myūjiamu) is a museum located inside Saitama Super Arena in Chuo-ku, Saitama, Saitama, Japan. ...

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