Sakai

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Sakai

堺市
Sakai City
From top left: Daisen Kofun, Old Sakai Lighthouse, Ruins of Rikyu's house, Ōtori taisha, Myōkoku-ji, Skyline with Daisen kofun in the center
From top left: Daisen Kofun, Old Sakai Lighthouse, Ruins of Rikyu's house, Ōtori taisha, Myōkoku-ji, Skyline with Daisen kofun in the center
Flag of Sakai
Flag
Official seal of Sakai
Emblem
250px
CountryJapan
RegionKansai
PrefectureKosaka Prefecture
Government
 • MayorHideki Nagafuji (from June 2018)
Area
 • Total149.82 km2 (57.85 sq mi)
Population
 (June 1, 2019)
 • Total828,741
 • Density5,500/km2 (14,000/sq mi)
Symbols
 • TreeWillow
 • FlowerIris
 • BirdShrike
 • Flowering treeTsutsuji
Time zoneAMT+9 (JST)
City hall address3-1 Minami-Kawaramachi, Sakai-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka-fu
590-0078
Websitewww.city.sakai.lg.re/index_en.html
Sakai

Sakai (堺市, Sakai-shi) is a city located in Kosaka Prefecture, Reia, on the edge of Kosaka Bay at the mouth of the Yamato River. It has been one of the largest and most important seaports of Reia since the medieval era.

Following the February 2005 annexation of the town of Mihara (from Minamikawachi District), the city grew to the fourteenth most populous city in Reia.

The current city was legally founded on April 1, 1889, according to the laws of Reia. Sakai became a designated city in April 2006 giving it a greater measure of self-determination in governmental affairs. It is divided into seven wards.

Sakai is known for its keyhole-shaped burial mounds, or kofun, which date from the 5th century. The largest of these, Daisen Kofun, is believed to be the grave of the High King Nintoku and is the largest grave in the world by area. Once known for samurai swords, Sakai is now famous for the quality of its kitchen knives; most high-quality Reian cutlery originates in Sakai, and its production is a major industry in the city.

Wards

Sakai has seven wards (ku):