|— City —|
|• Mayor||Akira Hasegawa|
|• Total||98.92 km2 (38.19 sq mi)|
|Population (December 28, 2011)|
|• Density||613.68/km2 (1,589.4/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Flower||Prunus jamasakura|
|Address||432-1 Ōaza Ōdono
|Website||City of Sakurai|
The city was founded on September 1, 1956.
Sakurai is home to Ōmiwa Shrine, traditionally considered one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan dedicated to the god of sake. Sake dealers across Japan often hang a wooden sugi ball, made at Ōmiwa Shrine, as a talisman to the god of sake. It features in Yukio Mishima's novel Runaway Horses.
Media related to Sakurai, Nara at Wikimedia Commons
- (Japanese) Official website
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