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Day 14: Ishikawa Prefecture

We head back down to the Chubu region of Japan to visit the prefecture of Ishikawa on the Sea of Japan coast. The capital is Kanazawa city and has a population of about 1.1 million people.

1. What does anyatone (あんやとね) mean in Ishikawa?

2. What does kinkan-nama-nama (きんかんなまなま) mean in Ishikawa?

3. What bird is the official symbol of Ishikawa?

4. Historically, Ishikawa was formed by merging which two provinces?

5. What is the name of this garden in Ishikawa which is classified as one of Japan’s “three most beautiful landscape gardens”?

6. In the photo of the garden for question five, you can see there is an umbrella-like structure above the trees with ropes reaching down to the lower branches. They are called yukizuri but what purpose do they serve?

7. What is the name of this train station in Ishikawa, which features a stunning modern interpretation of a traditional torii gate often found at Japanese shrines?

8. Takeshi Kaga is a Japanese actor from Ishikawa is best known internationally as Chairman Kaga for what popular television show?

9. Jibuni (治部煮) is a local hotpot dish that is most likely to feature what type of meat?

10. Come up with a haiku poem that best portrays the beauty & charms of Ishikawa.

Answers for Day 13: (1) thank you (2) you’re welcome (3) Takahata (4) (C) Fujiwara (5) cherries (6) juhyo (樹氷) or snow monsters (7) Risshakuji Temple (立石寺) aka Yamadera temple (山寺) (8) Yonezawa Beef (9) a type of European pear

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