Katsushika, Tokyo


Katsushika, Tokyo

Japanese city
Name=Katsushika
JapaneseName=葛飾区
Prefecture=Tokyo
Region=Kantō
Area_km2=34.84
Population=429,289
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LatitudeMinutes= 44
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LongtitudeDegrees= 139
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nihongo|Katsushika|葛飾区|Katsushika-ku is one of the special wards of Tokyo, Japan. It lies in the northeast of the ward area. The ward calls itself Katsushika City in English.

As of 2008, the ward has an estimated population of 429,289 and a density of 12,600 people per km². The total area is 34.84 km².

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

The Shibamata Taishaku-ten Nichiren Buddhist temple is in Katsushika.

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.

Place names

History

On October 1, 1932, the former 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 the famous Narihira Santosen Temple, and the "Bound Jizō" of Ōoka Echizen fame.

Famous people

*Kumiko Endo, actress and entertainer
*Rumi Hiiragi, actress, seiyu ("Spirited Away", "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea")
*Minako Honda, singer, musical actress
*Yui Horie, singer, seiyu
*Kaname Kawabata, singer with the duo Chemistry
*Satomi Kobayashi, actress
*Yasutaka Komiya, living national treasure, maker of Edo kimono
*Kazunari Ninomiya, singer, actor, musician, DJ, songwriter, showhost, model, seiyu
*Nanako Ōkōchi, actress
*Miho Takagi, actress, essayist

Famous 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 manga series, "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".

Education

Katsushika operates public elementary and junior high schools.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education operates public high schools.
*Katsushika Commercial High School [http://www.katsushikashogyo-h.metro.tokyo.jp/]
*Katsushika Sogo High School [http://www.katsushikasogo-h.metro.tokyo.jp/]
*Katsushikano High School [http://www.katsushikano-h.metro.tokyo.jp/]
*Honjo Technical High School [http://www.honjokogyo-h.metro.tokyo.jp/]
*South Katsushika High School [http://www.minamikatsushika-h.metro.tokyo.jp/]
*Nousan High School [http://www.nousan-h.metro.tokyo.jp/]

The metropolis operates the Katsushika School for the Blind [http://www.katsushika-sb.metro.tokyo.jp/] .

Transportation

Rail

*JR East
**Joban Line: Kameari, Kanamachi Stations
**Sobu Main Line: Shin-Koiwa Station
*Keisei Electric Railway
**Keisei Main Line: Horikiri-shobuen, Ohanajaya, Aoto, Keisei Takasago Stations
**Keisei Oshiage Line: Yotsugi, Keisei Tateishi, Aoto Stations
**Keisei Kanamachi Line: Keisei Takasago, Shibamata, Keisei Kanamachi Stations
*Hokuso Railway Hokuso Line: Keisei Takasago, Shin-Shibamata Stations

Highways

*Shuto Expressway C2 Central Loop (Itabashi JCT - Kasai JCT)
*Route 6 (Mito Kaidō)
*Kan-nana

ee also

References

External links

* [http://www.city.katsushika.lg.jp/ Katsushika official website] in Japanese
* [http://metropolis.japantoday.com/tokyo/416/feature.asp "Bound Jizō"]


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