Kashiwa is located 18 miles northeast of Tokyo, in Chiba Prefecture. It is approximately three times larger in population and area than Torrance. It is a bustling, energetic city, yet it still maintains a lot of open space and the old charm of Japan. Much natural beauty is preserved with a lake, woods, and farm land. Kashiwa borders on the longest river in Japan, the Tone River.
Kashiwa is governed by an elected mayor and 36 elected assembly members. The Assembly meets four times a year for regular meetings, and as many special meetings as deemed necessary to discuss policies, regulations, and the budget. The city officials work with the residents to keep Kashiwa "safe, full of hope, and vital."
The Kashiwa city tree is the oak, the city flowers are the moss pink and the dogtooth violet, and the city bird is the azure-winged magpie.
Festivals in Kashiwa include:
Cherry Blossom Festival (early April)
Kashiwa Festival (last weekend in July)
Teganuma Hanabi Taikai (early August)
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