is a city
located in Saitama
As of 2003, the city has an estimated population of 68,300 and a density of 1,149.83 persons per km². The total area is 59.40 km².
The city was founded on May 3, 1954 and is known throughout Japan for the creation of koinobori (carp kites), baseballs and kendo equipment, and udon.