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About Chiba City

Geography

Location

chiba-map

Chiba City is located at latitude 35°36’ N and longitude 140°7’ E, roughly in the center of Chiba Prefecture and approximately 40km from Japan’s capital, Tokyo.

As the starting point for highways within the prefecture and JR and private rail lines, as well as the center of information and telecommunications networks, it is in a strategic position befitting the prefectural capital.

Composition & Area

wards

Chiba City consists of 6 wards (Chuo Ward, Hanamigawa Ward, Inage Ward, Wakaba Ward, and Midori Ward) and has an area of 272.08 square kilometers.

The climate is temperate, with an average yearly temperature of 16.3°C and annual rainfall of 1637mm in 2009.

Chiba City’s landscape consists of the lush Shimosa Plateau, with a part of the city located on Tokyo Bay. The city is blessed with a rich natural environment of greenery and watersides, a temperate climate, and fertile soil.

Population

As of January 2016, Chiba City has a population of 968,687 residents in 426,765 households.

For updated statistics, population data is released on the 15th of each month on the Statistics Division page (Japanese only).

History

The area of Chiba City has been populated since the early Jomon period, and the city itself was formed when Tsuneshige Chiba built a residence in Inohanadai in 1126.

Chiba City’s birth as a modern city was in 1873, when the two prefectures of Kisarazu and Inba merged to form Chiba Prefecture. The prefectural office was established in Chibacho, causing the
city to become the center for politics, economics, and culture and to develop as a key part of the transportation network.

On January 1, 1921, the municipal government was officially established and Chibacho became Chiba City. At the time, the city had an area of 15km2and a population of 33,000. Many hospitals,
schools such as teachers’ colleges and medical schools, railroad regiments, and military facilities such as an army infantry school were established. The city flourished as a city of medicine and the military and continued to develop steadily, until roughly 70%of the downtown area was
destroyed in fire caused by two air raids in 1945, resulting in the loss of many precious lives and important city facilities.

However, the citizens rose to the challenge of recovery and began projects to rebuild after the war. Aiming for a rebirth as a modern industrial city, the city invited major industries to the coastal area and built Chiba Port, transforming the city from one of consumption to production.

With the development of the coastal area, construction of large-scale housing facilities, and creation of inland industrial complexes, as well as mergers with nearby towns and land reclamation, the city expanded and became a comfortable living environment, focused on balanced community development. On April 1, 1992, Chiba City became Japan’s 12 government-ordinance designated city.

Before then, the city promised to further the citizens’ full-scale efforts toward developing the city with rich nature and beautiful watersides, declaring the city to be a ‘City
of Nature and Watersides’ on October 20, 1984.Additionally, on February 28, 1989, the city declared itself as a ‘City of Peace’, in the hopes of promoting lasting peace in the world. Finally, the day when Chiba City was officially announced as a government-ordinance designated city, October 18, was established as Citizens’ Day, with commemorative events starting in 1996 and taking place each year.

Nowadays, the city is continuing to exhibit remarkable growth and development as a diverse
metropolis with that plays a major role in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area and an international information city that is open to the world.

City Emblem

City-Emblem(Made official on May 8th, 1921)

Chiba City is named after its founder, whose moon and star coat of arms is now the official city emblem. In combination with the founder’s coat of arms, the emblem also contains the first of two characters used when writing ‘Chiba’, and was declared the official city emblem at its ceremonial founding in 1921.

Communication Mark

communication-mark(Made official on December 1st, 1991)

The six circles that dramatically project outward in an arc are representative of Chiba City’s six wards and symbolizes its people and resources, as well as the active flow and exchange of information that takes place within the City. This mark also stands for Chiba City’s new image as a growing place for advanced information technology.

City Flowering Tree: Oleander

city-flowering-tree(Established in January 1970/Evergreen shrub of the Apocynaceae family)

The oleander is a tree indigenous to India thatbears beautiful red and white flowers which blossom in the summer. The tree iscalled ‘kyochikuto’ in Chinese due to its narrow leaves and flowers, which resemblethose of a peach tree. The Japanese name is also based on this similarity.

City Flower: Oga Lotus

city-flower(Established April 29, 1993/Perennial of the genus Nelumbo)

The Oga lotus is an ancient variety of lotus that was germinated and cultivated from seeds excavated at an archaeological site on the Hanamigawa River by the late Dr. Ichiro Oga. As a source of pride and an archaeological wonder containing the mysteries of the ancient world, the Oga Lotus became a symbol of Chiba City and was also designated as a natural treasure by Chiba Prefecture in 1954.

Flowering period: Late June - July

City Tree: Japanese Zelkova

city-tree(Established April 29, 1993/Deciduous tree of the Elmaceous family)

With its thick, broad trunk and its upward-spreading treetop that resembles a broom, the attractive and magnificent Japanese zelkova is the most common tree in the city and has long been a part of people’s everyday lives.

City Bird: Little Tern

city-bird(Established April 29, 1993/Family Laridae and genus Charadriiformes)

The little tern is a migrating species of bird that nests along the seashore from spring until fall. It can be seen diving along the seashore in search of food. The little tern is a type of gull and is
considered a rare species.

Sister & Friendship Cities

Chiba City has 7 sister and friendship cities. You can learn more about them here.

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