Day 26: Mie Prefecture
The start of week 6 sees us back in the Kansai region of Japan to visit Mie, which faces the Pacific Ocean. Its capital is Tsu but its largest city is Yokkaichi.
1. If you were playing sport in Mie and someone shouted “Tanma!” (たんま) what would it mean?
2. What does the verb mojiku (もじく) mean in Mie?
3. The area that is now Mie prefecture was previously part of which four provinces prior to the Meiji Restoration?
4. What is the name of Japan’s longest beach found along the coast of Ise Bay?
5. The Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix is held at which legendary race track in Mie?
6. What is the name of the shrine in Mie where the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami is enshrined and the Sacred Mirror (one of the Three Scared Treasures of Japan) is said to be housed?
7. What is the name of these two sacred rocks (the larger one representing the husband and the smaller one the wife) connected by a shimenawa rope in the Pacific Ocean near Ise city in Mie?
8. What is the name of the most famous poet from the Edo period who was born in the area that is now Mie prefecture? (Hint: he also has a crater on Mercury named after him!)
9. What is the name of this beef from Mie that is considered one of the top three premium beef brands in Japan (sandai wagyu; 三大和牛)?
10. Write a haiku poem that best describes the beauty and charms of Mie.
Answers for Day 25: (1) “yeah, that’s right” or “I see” (2) a small or baby monkey (3) Higo Province (or Hishu) (4) Kyusendo Cave (5) Suizenji Garden (水前寺成趣園) (6) Mt Aso (7) Eiichiro Oda (8) Ikinari dango (9) watermelons