Location of Zents?ji in Kagawa Prefecture
|o Mayor||Masanori Hiraoka (since May 2010)|
|o Total||39.88 km2 (15.40 sq mi)|
(June 1, 2011)
|o Density||855.42/km2 (2,215.5/sq mi)|
|o Tree||Cinnamomum camphora|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (JST)|
|City hall address||2-1-1 Bunkyo, Zentsuji-shi, Kagawa-ken|
The city is the place where K?kai (also known as K?b? Daishi) was born. The origin of the city name is Zents?-ji Buddhist temple. The Zents?ji Temple, from which the town gets its name, is the 75th temple on the 88-temple Shikoku Pilgrimage. It is also one of the three temples on the tour, that K?kai visited, the others being Tairy?ji and Muroto Misaki, as K?kai mentioned them by name in his writings.
Zents?ji is also home to Shikoku Gakuin University.
Farmers of the Zents?ji region found a way to grow cubic watermelons, by growing the fruits in glass boxes and letting them naturally assume the shape of the receptacle. The square shape is designed to make the melons easier to stack and store, but the square watermelons are often more than double the price of normal ones. Pyramid shaped watermelons have also been developed.
Zents?ji is twinned with: