Ikeda City Hall
Location of Ikeda in Osaka Prefecture
Location in Japan
|Coordinates: 34°49′N 135°26′E|
|• Mayor||Kaoru Kurata|
|• Total||22.09 km2 (8.53 sq mi)|
(February 28, 2017)
|• Density||4,700/km2 (12,000/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Camphor laurel|
|• Flower||Satsuki azalea|
|• Bird||Oriental turtle dove|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (JST)|
|City hall address||1-1-1, Jōnan, Ikeda-shi, Ōsaka-fu|
In the Edo period, Ikeda had a castle occupied by a daimyō, the seat of a 50,000-koku domain. It was famous for Ikeda-zumi (Ikeda charcoal) traded by Ikeda merchants. In cha no yu Ikeda-zumi is loved because of its high quality even today.
The city was founded formally on April 29, 1939. It was developed as an urban town by a local railway company, Hankyu Dentetsu. Its founder Kobayashi Ichizo (Itsuo) lived there.
On June 8, 2001, the Osaka school massacre occurred in this city. A man entered an elementary school and fatally stabbed eight children in the school. Many pupils have suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. To avoid flashback memories of the massacre and to improve school security, the buildings were remodeled and subsequently occupied in April 2004. On September 14, 2004, Mamoru Takuma was executed for the murders.
Ikeda boasts several cultural attractions: the Itsuō Art Museum holds the Itsuo Collection which is mainly Japanese art for cha-no-yu; Ikeda Bunko holds collections on Takarazuka and other materials related to Hankyu Dentetsu. There is a municipal zoo named Satsukiyama Zoo. It is home to the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum.
Major company headquarters
- Ikeda Bank
Notable people from Ikeda
- "Official website of Ikeda city" (in Japanese). Japan: Ikeda City. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
- "Corporate Info Archived 2010-01-27 at the Wayback Machine." Daihatsu. Retrieved on February 5, 2010.
- "Japan Airlines." oneworld. Retrieved on February 5, 2010. "Operational headquarters is located at Itami Airport, Osaka and the carrier has 400 employees."
- "会社概要." JAL Express. Retrieved on February 5, 2010.
- "株式会社ジャル エクスプレス 大阪本社." Mapple. Retrieved on February 5, 2010.
- Ikeda City website (in Japanese)