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Komae is a city of Tokyo, Japan. The location of the city is in the western area commonly referred to as the Tama Area. Its special location has generated a moderate population of approximately 78,368 people as reported in April of 2006. This population has ranked Komae as the third largest municipality, or city, in Tokyo.

The cities name Komae, is believed to have been founded based on the overwhelming amount of migrants relocating from the original Korean Peninsula. These citizens came over from Korea over 1,000 years ago, making them a vital participant in historical and common day Komae, or “Koma” as pronounced by the Korean citizens.

History of Komae

Komae was originally founded as a farming village in 1889. At this time the city flourished as one of the most efficient and popular farming territories in all of Japan. This drove the industry greatly creating a high-profit and essentially valuable village.

By 1893 the city was doing so well it was established as a village of the Kanagawa Prefecture and then reorganized into the Tokyo Prefecture. The village would remain a quiet destination of Tokyo until 1926 when the rails were extended into the city creating a direct connection with Tokyo City.

An increased population led to the official declaration of Komae a town of Tokyo in 1952. Shortly after the village was declared a town, the town was officially established as a city in 1970.

Unfortunately only a few months after the town gained city status it was struck with a natural disaster causing a great flood which completely destroyed close to 20 homes and several businesses. This brought on the decision to plan out and execute stronger foundations around the river which have done well since being constructed.

Points of Interest

The culture and tourist attractions in Komae are said to be spectacular with plenty of shopping spots, dining places, and resting parks. Perhaps the greatest specticul in Komae is the sight of Mt. Fuji visible from various places in the city.

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