Takatsu Ward

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2012-05-14

Takatsu Ward http://www.city.kawasaki.jp/67/67soumu/hone/takatsu/index.htm Population 219,393 Number of households 102,960 Area 17.1km2 (as of January 1.2012)
Kuji Ento Bunsui

Kuji Ento Bunsui, a cylindrical water division system that is one of the nation's tangible cultural assets

Kanagawa Science Park (KSP)

“Kanagawa Science Park (KSP)”, where several research and
development oriented businesses are situated

Kirari Takatsu Ambassador (Vamp Shogun)

“Kirari Takatsu Ambassador (Vamp Shogun)”, publicizing efforts of “Eco City Takatsu”, a major project of the ward, at the Kawasaki International Eco-Tech Fair

The water tower

The water tower is a symbol of the Hisasue area, a prosperous urban agricultural region

Creation of a town incorporating the attractions of the ward, including its history, culture, and nature

The Takatsu Ward is blessed with the green surroundings of the Tama Hills and the beautiful currents of the Tamagawa River and the Nikaryo Aqueduct.
During the Edo period (1603 - 1867), this area prospered as a lodging site on the Oyama Road, drawing many commoners on special pilgrimages known as the “Oyama Moude.” It is also known as the birthplace of poet Kanoko Okamoto, the ceramic artist and National Living Treasure Shoji Hamada, and the internationally renowned artist Taro Okamoto, who is recognized as a distinguished citizen of Kawasaki.
The Tachibana area used to be home to Tachibana Gunga, or the office administrating the Tachibana Gun (Tachibana County) of Musashi-no Kuni, one of the administrative districts under a system of centralized government based on the ritsuryo legal codes. Accordingly, there are many remains and relics that tell us the history of Kawasaki.
Alongside its historic and cultural assets, the Takatsu Ward is also devoting support to the development of hi-tech industries in the manufacturing sector by acting as a host to many small to medium-sized companies in the assembly and processing industries. The development of urban infrastructure is also progressing, including the “Kirari Deck”, which is the pedestrian deck in front of Mizonokuchi Station, as well as the square and bicycle parking lot in front of the south entrance of station, which are currently under construction.
The Takatsu Ward continues to focus its urban planning on the creation of a happy and healthy community that fully benefits from its rich history and culture, as well as its abundant natural terrain.

Kirari Deck Illumination

“Kirari Deck Illumination” decorates the area in front of Mizonokuchi Station during winter

Futago-no Watashi

“Futago-no Watashi,” (a ferryboat to carry passengers across the river) was revived for the first time in 86 years as part of a revitalization event.

Hokori (Pride), a literary monument of Taro Okamoto’s mother, Kanoko

“Hokori” (Pride), a literary monument of Taro Okamoto’s mother, Kanoko

Efforts for the future

School biotopes

“School biotopes”, one of the measures for environmental education in compliance with the promotion principles of “Eco City Takatsu” policy

Tachibana Furusato Matsuri

“Tachibana Furusato Matsuri” (Tachibana Hometown Festival), held for the vitalization of the area and the development of local communities

  • Carrying out projects including those for the installation of school biotopes and the support of environmental education in compliance with the promotional principles of “Eco City Takatsu” policy, which aims to create an environment-friendly community through local efforts.
  • Creating a community around the Oyama Road under the “Takatsu-Oyama Road Master Plan”, while promoting the “Creation of a Community with Agriculture in Tachibana” - taking advantage of the regional assets such as nature, agriculture, and history.
  • Efforts are being made to improve the safety of society and vitalize communities, through the creation of a network that will improve the regions’ disaster-relief ability and expanding the use of parks which now function as community centers.
  • Carrying out the “Takatsu Ward Hometown Archive Project” to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the ward administration system. Under the project, data on the region to convey the memories of the town are collected and used for the creation of a new town in the future.