Location of Zentsūji in Kagawa Prefecture
|First official recorded||807 AD|
|City Settled||March 31, 1954|
|• Mayor||Masanori Hiraoka (since May 2010)|
|• Total||39.88 km2 (15.40 sq mi)|
(June 1, 2011)
|• Density||855.42/km2 (2,215.5/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+09:00 (JST)|
|City hall address||2-1-1 Bunkyo, Zentsuji-shi, Kagawa-ken|
The city is the place where Kūkai (also known as Kōbō Daishi) was born. The origin of the city name is Zentsū-ji Buddhist temple. The Zentsūji 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 Kūkai visited, the others being Tairyūji and Muroto Misaki, as Kūkai mentioned them by name in his writings.
Zentsūji is also home to Shikoku Gakuin University.
Farmers of the Zentsūji 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.
Twin towns/Sister cities
Zentsūji is twinned with:
- "Exchange programmes between Hirado and China, Hirado and Holland and other exchange programmes in Hirado City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan". City of Hirado, Nagasaki Official Website. Archived from the original on 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2013-12-17.