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Sakai City


Prefecture/City: Sakai City
Capital/Prefecture: Osaka Prefecture
Governor/Mayor: Osami Takeyama
Area: 150 square km (57.9 square miles)
Population: 841,012 as of January 2014
Flower: Japanese iris
Tree: Willow
Bird: Bull-headed shrike
Business & Industry:

The city of Sakai is adjacent to the city of Osaka and the second largest in terms of population and area in Osaka Prefecture. Along with Osaka, it was a trading center during the Edo Period. Today, Sakai has largely become a bedroom community for Osaka.

Tourism & Culture:

Sakai is trying to have the Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun Ancient Tumulus Clusters, including the tomb of former Emperor Nintoku, named a World Heritage site. Xavier Park is named after missionary Francisco Xavier, who lived in the area in the 16th century.

Famous for:

The well-known tea master Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591) is from Sakai. The acclaimed poet Yosano Akiko (1878-1942) was also born in the city.