• Jason Khoh

Day 2: Shimane Prefecture

Today we shine a spotlight on Shimane. Like its neighbour, Tottori, whom we covered on day one, it is also located in the Chugoku region of Honshu island in western Japan.


1. If someone from Shimane prefecture were to say shiwai (しわい) what would this most likely mean?

2. In Shimane prefecture what does boishageru (ぼいしゃげる) or boichageru (ぼいちゃげる) mean?

3. Shimane prefecture used to produce up to one third of the world’s supply of what precious metal?

4. How many steps do you need to climb to reach the top of the Izumo Hinomisaki lighthouse?

5. What is the name of this place in Shimane prefecture?

6. Name this place in Shimane prefecture:

7. What is the name of the Shimane-born tennis sensation who beat Rafa Nadal at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics to claim Japan’s first Olympic tennis medal in 96 years?

8. Izumo or warigo soba noodles are famous because they're served in stackable round boxes. How many of these boxes are traditionally served at a time?

(A) three (B) five (C) seven

9. Shimane is often touted as the birthplace of which traditional alcoholic beverage?

10. Think of a haiku poem that best describes the charms of Shimane prefecture.


Please remember to write all your answers in the comment section below to qualify for the competition. Thanks for your interest & may you be the one crowned as our inaugural pub quiz champion!


Answers for Day 1: (1) inshu-ben or inshu dialect (因州弁) (2) to clean or tidy up (片付ける) (3) True (4) Inaba (5) a rabbit (6) False (7) Arimoto Kinryu (8) beef / cow (9) Mt Daisen


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