With easy access – thanks to the train system in Japan – many people living in the vicinity of Tokyo can reach the capital’s city center in no time. Warabi, a city in Saitama Prefecture is also one of those places that have easy access to Tokyo. But aside from easy access, there is also one noticeable thing about Warabi city.
Warabi is known as the smallest city in Japan but is also the most densely populated one as well. Regardless, it is still considered a peaceful haven to dwell in and has an increasing number of foreign residents. So, if you feel like a change of scenery, consider stopping at Warabi station – it’s like stepping into a different country.
Warabi is also referred to as Warabistan because there is a large number of Kurdish refugees that reside there. For those that aren’t familiar, Kurdish or Kurds is a race that doesn’t have its own country but lives in countries from the Middle East such as Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Iran. Many Kurds sought refuge in Japan after being exiled under Turkey’s government in the 1990s.
It is said that 90% of Kurds in Japan live in Warabi where they have their own community gatherings celebrating events like Newroz, a Kurdish New Year Festival at Warabi Shimin Park and also cooperate in helping out with community services cleaning the streets.
Aside from Kurdish people, there is also a large number of Chinese residents in Warabi. A housing mansion near the West Exit of Warabi Station also has a greater number of Chinese occupants compared to Japanese occupants. There is also a decent number of Chinese Restaurants spread throughout the vicinity of the station.
Other nationals such as Pakistans, Koreans, Philippines, Indonesians, and Africans also live in Warabi and is can also be compared to the Shinjuku Ward which also has an increasing number of foreign residents living there. It’s great to see so many different cultures gathering together as a community to create their own haven away from home.
So, if you get a chance, stop by Warabi City and take a look around – it’s a great place full of diversity with its many different cultures. Warabi is also a lovely place to live if you’re looking for a more permanent stay as it’s easily accessible to Tokyo as well as affordable housing rent.