Katsushika (葛飾区, Katsushika-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. The ward calls itself Katsushika City in English.
As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 444,356, and a population density of 12,770 people per km². The total area is 34.80 km².
Katsushika Ward is at the east end of Tokyo Metropolis. It is on an alluvial plain and it is low above sea level.
The ward office (Katsushika city hall) is located at Tateishi.
Katsushika has boundaries with three wards of Tokyo: Adachi, Edogawa and Sumida. The cities of Matsudo in Chiba Prefecture, and Misato and Yashio in Saitama Prefecture form the northeast border of the ward.
Major rivers in Katsushika include the Edogawa, Arakawa and Ayasegawa. Nakagawa and Shin-nakagawa flows through the ward.
Districts and neighborhoods
- Kameari-Aoto Area
- Kanamachi-Niijuku Area
- Minamiayase-Ohanadjaya-Horikiri Area
- Mizumoto Area
- Okudo-Shinkoiwa Area
- Shibamata-Takasago Area
- Tateishi-Yotsugi Area
Katsushika District was originally a division of Musashi Province. When the province was divided and reconfigured, the district was partitioned between Kita-Katsushika District (within Saitama Prefecture), Higashi-Katsushika District (within Chiba Prefecture) and the remainder was based in Tokyo Prefecture. Minami-Katsushika District conformed today's Katsushika Ward proper, plus Edogawa, Koto and Sumida wards.
On October 1, 1932, the former Minami-Katsushika District of what was then known as Tokyo Prefecture, and its seven towns and villages, merged and became part of the old Tokyo City.
The special ward was founded on March 15, 1947.
Katsushika contains the Kasai Shrine, Narihira Santosen Temple, the "Bound Jizō" of Ōoka Echizen, and Shibamata Taishakuten, selected as one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan and 100 Landscapes of Japan (Heisei era).
Takara Tomy has its headquarters in Katsushika.
Government and infrastructure
The Tokyo Detention House, a correctional facility, is in the ward. One of Japan's seven execution chambers is located there.
Colleges and universities
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education operates public high schools.
- Katsushika Commercial High School
- Katsushika Sogo High School
- Katsushikano High School
- Honjo Technical High School
- South Katsushika High School
- Nousan High School
- Katsushika School for the Blind
Elementary and junior high schools
Katsushika operates public elementary and junior high schools.
- Katsushika Aoto Junior High School
- Katsushika Okudo Junior High School
- Shuto Expressway C2 Central Loop (Itabashi JCT - Kasai JCT)
- Route 6 (Mito Kaidō)
- Kuramae bashi
- Heiwa bashi
- Shibamata Kaidō
- Okudo Kaidō
- Tokyo Route 307 Oji-Kanamachi-Edogawa line (Oji-ekimae to Minami-shinozaki)
Katsushika has sister-city relationships with Fengtai District in Beijing, China, and with Floridsdorf, a district of Vienna, Austria.
- Osamu Akimoto, manga artist, creator of Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo
- Rumi Hiiragi, actress, voice actress (Spirited Away, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea)
- Susumu Hirasawa, progressive-electronic musician
- Minako Honda, singer, musical actress
- Yui Horie, singer, voice actress
- Takaaki Ishibashi, owarai comedian, actor, singer
- Satomi Kobayashi, actress
- Yumi Kumakura, volleyball player
- Kazunari Ninomiya, singer, actor, voice actor, presenter
- Kenny Omega, Professional Wrestler
- Miho Takagi, actress, essayist
- Youichi Takahashi, manga artist, creator of Captain Tsubasa
Notable works set in Katsushika
The longest-running manga series in history, Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo takes place in Katsushika.
The neighborhood of Shibamata is the home of Tora-san, the protagonist of the long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo film series, played by Kiyoshi Atsumi. A statue of Tora-san stands outside of Shibamata Station. Other notable works set in Katsushika are the television series Kamen Rider Hibiki and the film Long Vacation. A statue of Captain Tsubasa main character, Ozora Tsubasa, is also located there, as the fictional town of Nankatsu was inspired by Katsushika itself.
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Media related to Katsushika, Tokyo at Wikimedia Commons
- Katsushika City Official Website (in Japanese)