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Day 29: Tochigi Prefecture

We are in the northern part of the Kanto region on day 29 to visit the landlocked prefecture of Tochigi. Its capital is Utsunomiya and it has a population of around two million people.

1. What kind of animal is a choppa (ちょっぱ) in Tochigi?

2. What does the verb nukutamaru (ぬくたまる) mean in Tochigi?

3. Prior to the Meiji Restoration, Tochigi was known as what province?

4. What is the name of the highest natural lake in Japan, located in Nikko National Park?

5. What is the name of this shrine where Tokugawa Ieyasu - the shogun who played a pivotal role in uniting Japan - was enshrined?

6. What is the name of this theme park in Tochigi where there are one hundred 1/25th scale replicas of famous buildings from around the world?

7. The Cedar Avenue of Nikko (日光杉並木, Nikkō suginami-ki) is the longest tree-lined avenue in the world: true or false?

8. The capital city of Utsunomiya is most famous for what food?

9. Tochigi is the number one producer of what fruit in Japan?

10. Write a haiku poem which describes the beauty and charms of Tochigi.

Answers for Day 28: (1) a fish (2) welcome, greetings (3) Bitchū, Bizen and Mimasaka Provinces (4) Because its black facade contrasts the white walls of Himeji Castle (aka the White Egret or White Heron Castle) in neighboring Himeji city (5) (c) jeans (6) Korakuen Garden (岡山後楽園) (7) Masashi Kishimoto (creator of Naruto) (8) oysters (9) White peaches

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