Chigasaki, Kanagawa

Chigasaki (茅ヶ崎市 Chigasaki-shi) is a city located in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

As of July 2016, the city has an estimated population of 239,874, and a population density of 6,719.2 persons per km2. The total area is 35.71 km2.

Chigasaki

茅ヶ崎市
Chigasaki City
Chigasaki City Hall
Chigasaki City Hall
Flag of Chigasaki

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Official seal of Chigasaki

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Location of Chigasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture
Location of Chigasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture
Chigasaki is located in Japan
Chigasaki
Chigasaki
 
Coordinates: 35°20′N 139°24′E / 35.333°N 139.400°ECoordinates: 35°20′N 139°24′E / 35.333°N 139.400°E
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureKanagawa Prefecture
Area
 • Total35.71 km2 (13.79 sq mi)
Population
(July 1, 2016)
 • Total239,874
 • Density6,719.2/km2 (17,403/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Symbols 
• TreeAcacia
• FlowerRhododendron
• BirdGreat tit
Phone number0467-82-1111
Address1-1 Chigasaki 1-chome, Chigasaki-shi, Kanagawa-ken
253-8686
Websitewww.city.chigasaki.kanagawa.jp

Geography

Chigasaki is located on the eastern bank of the Sagami River in south-central Kanagawa Prefecture, facing Sagami Bay on the Pacific Ocean to the south. The Hikiji River flows through part of the city.

Surrounding municipalities

History

The area around Chigasaki has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The area was largely pasture and farmland well into the Edo period. The Tōkaidō connecting Edo with Kyoto passed through what is now Chigasaki, but without a post station. A large part of the area was the tenryō territory in Sagami Province controlled directly by the Tokugawa Shogunate through the Edo period, though other parts were administered by small clans including the Ōoka clan, which is renowned for its descendant Ōoka Tadasuke.

After the start of the Meiji period, the Tōkaidō Main Line railway connected Chigasaki Station with Tokyo and Osaka in 1898, which spurred the development of the area. Chigasaki village in Kōza District, Kanagawa Prefecture became Chigasaki town in 1908. In 1921, the Sagami Line railway connected Chigasaki with Hashimoto to the north. Chigasaki became a city on October 1, 1947.

On April 1, 2003, the population of Chigasaki exceeded 200,000 and it became a special city with increased local autonomy.

On October 24, 2014, Chigasaki agreed with Honolulu to establish the sister city relationship.[1]

Economy

Chigasaki is largely a bedroom community for Tokyo and Yokohama, and has been noted as a seaside resort community since the Meiji period. Tourism and summer leisure activities remain important to the local economy.

Companies headquartered in Chigasaki include:

Transportation

Highway

Railway

Local attractions

Southern Beach Chigasaki01
Southern Beach Chigasaki

The shoreline from Chigasaki to Kamakura is called the "Shōnan area". A popular swimming destination, Chigasaki is well known as the birthplace of Japanese surfing. A shop called "Goddess," located only about 20 meters from the shoreline, claims to be the first surfboard shop in Japan. Bicycles with metal fittings for holding surfboards are prominent in the area. A section of the beach in Chigasaki is called "Southern Beach," inspired by the Southern All Stars, a famous J-pop singing group whose lead vocalist Keisuke Kuwata hails from Chigasaki. The symbol of Southern Beach is Eboshi-iwa, a large hat-shaped rock that is visible from the coast.

Southern Beach Chigasaki Monument
Southern Beach monument known as "Southern C"

Chigasaki is also famous for being the center of Japanese Hawaiian culture with many tropical and Hawaiian stores located mainly in the southern side of the town. Fridays in Chigasaki was called "Aloha Friday" in which consumers were able to have discounts in many stores and taxis. Salesclerks and city officers are encouraged to work wearing aloha shirts as a part of Cool Biz campaign to promote its Hawaiian culture every summer since 2003.[2]

In contrast to the popularity as a modernized resort in south, north part of the city still retains some historical heritages. Ōoka Echizen festival is held in the family temple of the Ōoka clan (bodaiji) "Jōkenji" on May.

Education

Sister cities

Noted people from Chigasaki

References

  1. ^ Chigasaki Breeze The 56th Edition Special Issue, January 1, 2015
  2. ^ アロハビズ×茅ヶ崎市 [Aloha Biz by Chigasaki-city] (in Japanese). Chigasaki City Government.
  3. ^ Special Box, 2007/Universal Music

External links

Chigasaki Station

Chigasaki Station (茅ヶ崎駅, Chigasaki-eki) is a station in Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It is operated by the East Japan Railway Company. It is 56.8 rail kilometers from Tokyo Station.

Fumiyuki Beppu

Fumiyuki Beppu (Japanese: 別府史之; born 10 April 1983) is a Japanese professional road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Trek–Segafredo. His older brother is the cyclist Takumi Beppu.

Hitoshi Doi

Hitoshi Doi (土井 仁志, Doi Hitoshi, born October 17, 1963 in Chigasaki, Kanagawa) is the owner of an English language anime and voice actor information website, which was established on June 10, 1994.

Kano Omata

Kano Omata (小俣 夏乃, Omata Kano, born 24 July 1996) is a Japanese competitor in synchronized swimming.She won 2 bronze medals at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships. She also won 1 gold and 2 silvers at the 2014 FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships, and a silver at the 2012 FINA World Junior Synchronised Swimming Championships.

Kaori Oguri

Kaori Oguri (小栗香織 Oguri Kaori; born 14 September 1970 in Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese actress.

Kenji Ogiya

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Kumiko Nishihara

Kumiko Nishihara (西原 久美子, Nishihara Kumiko, née Watanabe (渡辺), born April 27, 1965) is a Japanese voice actress from Chigasaki, Kanagawa affiliated with Aoni Production also known for her work on the stage.

Kōsuke Toriumi

Kōsuke Toriumi (鳥海 浩輔, Toriumi Kōsuke, born on May 16, 1973 in Chigasaki, Kanagawa) is a Japanese voice actor employed by Arts Vision.

Masahiro Yamamoto (baseball)

Masahiro Yamamoto (山本昌, born August 11, 1965, in Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture) is a left-handed, retired Japanese professional baseball pitcher. A screwballer, Yamamoto pitched for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball for 29 years from 1986 to 2015. He is the oldest Japanese pitcher to win a baseball game. With 200+ career victories, he is a member of Meikyukai.

Masato Hagiwara

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Masumi Mishina

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Moomin (singer)

MOOMIN (むーみん) (born July 13, 1972) is a Japanese reggae artist. Along with a number of colleagues, he is responsible for the growth and popularity of Japan's reggae scene.

He is originally from Chigasaki, Kanagawa, and is married with two children. He works at Overheat Studios, and keeps his real name secret.

Moomin first appeared on the reggae scene in 1992, and traveled to Jamaica the following year. His official debut with a record label was in 1997 (under Ki/oon Records), and since 2003 he has been with Universal Music Group.

Shōnan

Shōnan (湘南) is the name of a region along the coast of Sagami Bay in Kanagawa Prefecture, central Japan. Centered on Enoshima, an island about 50 kilometers southwest of Tokyo, the Shōnan region stretches from Odawara in the west to Hayama in the east, including Hiratsuka, Chigasaki, Fujisawa, and Kamakura. Because of the bay, the region benefits from a mild climate and long beaches covered with dark volcanic sand.

Takumi Beppu

Takumi Beppu (別府匠, Beppu Takumi, born September 9, 1979 in Chigasaki) is a Japanese former racing cyclist.

Takumi is the brother of Fumiyuki Beppu. He is currently the manager of the Aisan Racing Team.

Tetta Sugimoto

Tetta Sugimoto (杉本 哲太, Sugimoto Tetta, born 21 July 1965) is a Japanese actor.

Tori Matsuzaka

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Toshihiko Kuramoto

Toshihiko Kuramoto (倉本 寿彦, Kuramoto Toshihiko, born January 7, 1991 in Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan) is a professional Japanese baseball player. He plays infielder for the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.

Yasuichiro Yamamoto

Yasuichiro Yamamoto (山本 泰一郎, Yamamoto Yasuichiro) is a Japanese anime director, and storyboard artist. He is best known for directing the majority of Detective Conan.

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