(2) Summary of the City
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12-1, Chuo-cho, Kawanishi, Hyogo 666-8501, Japan
Male: 77,129 Female: 83,931 Total: 161,060 （Data: December 31, 2008）
Number of Households: 65,503 （Data: December 31, 2008）
53.44 km2 （approximate 20.6 square miles）
Kawanishi is located in the southeast part of Hyogo prefecture.
The neighbors include Ikeda and Minoh of Osaka prefecture to the east, Takarazuka and the town of Inagawa to the west, and the town of Nose, Toyono on the north.
It is narrow east to west and long north to south.
The north side of the city is somewhat mountainous and part of this area has been designated as a part of Hyogo Prefectural Hitokura Park.
The southern part is generally flat and the center of the city can be found here.
135°25' 12" east longitude, 34°49' 37" north latitude
max. 660.1 meters min. 22.0 meters
It is mild, a little cold in the central and northern parts in winter.
（The Inland Sea climate）
Average annual temperature
13.5℃ （max. 34.7℃ min. -5.0℃）
Average annual precipitation
The emblem design is based on the Kanji letters for "river" （kawa） and "west" （nishi）, from Kawanishi and the Inagawa River that runs through the city. The shape over the mark is a rounded "nishi", describing peace and harmony.
The "Gentian" was recognized in January of 1968. The gentian was chosen by the citizens because the Genji clan, who developed the western part of Japan, used a type of gentian as a symbol on their flags.
CHERRY The cherry tree was chosen as the official tree in January of 1968 for two reasons; there are vast numbers at famous and historic sites in the city, and also because the pink blossoms color the mountains in spring and bring great joy to the citizens in Kawanishi.
- Kawanishi Town, Tada Village and Higashitani Village were amalgamated into city of Kawanishi, The population was 33,741.
- The first city hall was completed. (Oct.)
- City Flower, Gentian (autumn bell flower) and City Tree, Cherry Tree were recognized.
- We established a sister city relationship with Sawara City, Chiba Prefecture. (current Katori City)
- The Central Library was opened.
- The city hall was reconstructed.
We established a sister city relationship with Bowling Green, Kentucky, U.S.A.
- The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake attacked.
The city head office of measures for the earthquake was set up.
- The city official website was established.
- Sister Cities Library Exchange was started.
Books from Bowling Green are placed in Kawanishi Public Library.
Industry and Economy
Kawanishi which has been developing as the residential city is blessed with the greenery and nature. Many citizens commute to Osaka or Kobe. Around Kawanishi-Noseguchi in the central part, we are developing areas, such as public transportation, road and town. We are trying to change to the Human Network City.
Sightseeing and Culture
Kawanishi city has many historical places.
Tada Shrine in the middle area is famous as the original site of Genji clan, which is a famous samurai clan.
Kamo, Sakane ruins in the south tell us how ancient people lived. The big building surrounded by the square section was discovered at the Kamo ruins in the Kinki area for the first time. It is the oldest one in Japan.
A lot of people visit Hyogo Prefectural Hitokura Park in the north area near the Hitokura Dam.
Public Relations Office,Planning and Finance Department,City of Kawanishi
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