Takasaki, Gunma


Takasaki, Gunma

Japanese city | Name = Takasaki
JapaneseName = 高崎市| Region = Kantō
Prefecture = Gunma Prefecture
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Area_km2 = 401.01 | Population = 341,621
PopDate = October 1, 2007
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LatitudeMinutes= 19
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LongtitudeDegrees= 139
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Elevation = | Tree = Zelkova serrata, Cyclobalanopsis
Flower = Sakura
Bird = Japanese Bush-warbler
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CityHallLink = [http://www.city.takasaki.gunma.jp/ Takasaki City] | City

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nihongo|Takasaki|高崎市|Takasaki-shi is a city located in Gunma Prefecture, Japan.

The city was founded on April 1, 1900.

Takasaki is a regional transportation hub due to the fact that its train station (Takasaki Station) is the junction of several rail lines as well as a Shinkansen ("Bullet Train") stop.

The city is famous as the hometown of the Daruma doll, theoretically representing the Buddhist sage Bodhidharma but in modern practice a symbol of good luck.

History

Mergers

* On January 23, 2006, the municipalities of Gunma, Kurabuchi and Misato from Gunma District and the town of Shin from Tano District merged into the expanded city of Takasaki.
* On October 1, 2006, the town of Haruna from Gunma District merged into the city of Takasaki. Gunma District was dissolved as a result of this merger.
*A planned merger of municipalities will be implemented on June 1, 2009; Yoshii in Tano District will merge into the city of Takasaki.http://www.kokudo.or.jp/new/cities/sub/kanto/10.htm]

urrounding municipalities

* Gunma Prefecture
** Maebashi
** Annaka
** Fujioka
** Shibukawa
** Shintō
** Yoshii
** Tamamura
** Naganohara
** Higashiagatsuma
* Nagano Prefecture
** Karuizawa
* Saitama Prefecture
** Kamisato

Famous people

*Yasuhiro Nakasone - former Prime Minister of Japan
*Hirofumi Nakasone - politician (Yasuhiro Nakasone's son)
*Takeo Fukuda - former Prime Minister of Japan
*Yasuo Fukuda - Prime Minister of Japan (Takeo Fukuda's son)
*Kyosuke Himuro - musician (former member of BOØWY)
*Tomoyasu Hotei - musician (former member of BOØWY)
*Tsunematsu Matsui - musician (former member of BOØWY)
*Famous German architect Bruno Taut lived for some time in Takasaki
*Fujio Masuoka - inventor of flash memory

port

*Arte Takasaki - football (soccer) club

ister cities

flagicon|Japan In Japan

* Higashikurume, Tokyo

Outside Japan

* Battle Creek, Michigan, United States
* Santo Andre, Brazil
* Chengde, China
* Pilsen, Czech Republic
* Muntinlupa City, Philippines

ightseeing

*Takasaki Castle
*Mount Haruna
*Lake Haruna
*Haruna Shrine
*Minowa Castle

External links

*en icon [http://www.city.takasaki.gunma.jp/English/default.html Takasaki city official website]


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