• Jason Khoh

Day 21: Yamaguchi Prefecture

The first day of week five has us visiting Yamaguchi, which is part of the Chugoku region and located in the westernmost part of the main island. The capital city also goes by the same name, but the largest city is Shimonoseki.


1. What vegetable is called boran (ぼうらん) or toubura (とうぶら) in Yamaguchi?


2. What does oidemase (おいでませ) mean in Yamaguchi?


3. Yamaguchi prefecture was formed after which two provinces merged?


4. What is the name of this shrine with a trail of 123 torii gates?

5. What is the name of the longest network of limestone caves in Japan found deep within the mountains of Yamaguchi?


6. The city of Newcastle has a sister city relationship with which city in Yamaguchi?


7. What is the name of the local specialty where soba noodles are served on a roof tile?


8. What is the Yamaguchi’s official prefectural fish and a local delicacy?


9. What is the name of the hot spring town in Yamaguchi famous for the local legend of an albino fox dipping its injured paw into the local shrine’s pond, turning the waters into a hot spring?


10. Write a haiku poem that describes the beauty and charms of Yamaguchi.


Answers for Day 20: (1) fish (2) doll or puppet (3) Iyo Province (aka Yoshu) (4) Dogo Onsen (道後温泉) (5) true (6) Ishiteji Temple (石手寺) (7) citrus fruits (8) sea bream for taimeshi (鯛めし) (9) Matsuyama


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