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Day 15: Oita Prefecture

We’re back down in the island of Kyushu to visit Oita on the last day of week three. You can find Oita on the northeastern corner of the island and its capital also goes by the same name.

1. The districts of which two provinces were combined to form Oita prefecture after the Meiji Restoration?

2. What does naba (なば) mean in Oita?

3. What does togi (とぎ) mean in Oita?

4. Oita is famous for its hot springs, especially those in the city of Beppu. Beppu has the largest volume of hot spring water in Japan: true or false?

5. Beppu is famous for its Eight Hells of Beppu (Beppu jigoku; 別府地獄), which are hot springs that you can only view because they can reach temperatures up to 98 degrees Celsius. How many of the eight hells are designated as National Scenic Beauties of Japan?

6. What is the name of name of this hot spring, which is one of the Eight Hells of Beppu?

7. What is the name of this building which is the oldest wooden structure in Kyushu?

8. Gladstone in Queensland has a sister-city relationship with which city in Oita?

9. What popular Chinese yumcha dish is also a popular snack in Oita (especially in Hita city)? (Hint: chicken _____)

10. Write a haiku poem that best describes the beauty and charms of Oita prefecture?

Answers for Day 14: (1) thank you (2) roads that are frozen and slippery (3) the golden eagle (4) Kaga and Noto provinces (5) Kenroku-en (兼六園) (6) to support the branches of the trees so they don’t from break under the weight of heavy snowfall in winter (7) Kanazawa station (8) Iron Chef (9) duck or chicken meat

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