• Jason Khoh

Day 18: Nagasaki Prefecture

Today we are back in Kyushu to visit the west coast prefecture of Nagasaki. The capital also goes by the same name and the prefecture is situated in the East China Sea.


Fun fact: Did you know that Nagasaki Prefecture consists of 594 islands!


1. Nagasaki prefecture was created by merging which three provinces?


2. What does bojo (ぼじょ) or boppo (ぼっぽ) mean in Nagasaki?


3. What does hinnoki (ひんのき) mean in Nagasaki?


4. What is the name of this European-inspired theme park which hosts the Kingdom of Lights (光の王国) festival?

5. What is the name of this bridge built in 1634, which happens to be the oldest stone arch bridge in Japan?

6. Nagasaki Chinatown (長崎新地中華街) is the oldest Chinatown in Japan: true or false?

7. What is the name of Nagasaki’s largest island, whose local specialty is Rokube noodles made of sweet potatoes?


8. What is the name of this noodle dish which is synonymous with Nagasaki?

9. The local dish okoze (オコゼ) is made with which venomous fish?


10. Write a haiku poem that embodies the beauty and charms of Nagasaki.


Answers for Day 17: (1) Mutsu Province (陸奥国, Mutsu no kuni) aka Ōshū (奥州) or Michinoku (陸奥 or 道奥) (2) How much is it? (3) Where are you going? (4) 33 (5) Inakadate village (6) Sannohe (since 2001) (7) Tsugaru-shamisen (aka Tsugaru-jamisen) (8) apples (9) senbei-jiru (rice cracker soup/stew)


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