• Jason Khoh

Day 31: Gifu Prefecture

Today we are back in the Chubu region of Japan to visit the landlocked prefecture of Gifu. Its capital also goes by the same name and the prefecture is the seventh largest in Japan.


1. What do bii (びい) and (ぼう) mean in southern Gifu?


2. What kind of food is kashiwa (かしわ) in southern Gifu?


3. What are the seven other prefectures that Gifu shares its borders with?


4. The city of Gifu was named by which daimyō of the Sengoku period? (Hint: he was regarded as the first "Great Unifier" of Japan)


5. What is the name of this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Gifu? (Hint: these traditional buildings were built without using any nails)

6. Gifu is famous for using what bird to catch fish on the Nagara river?

7. What is the name of the mountain in Gifu that is one of the Three Holy Mountains of Japan (三霊山, Sanreizan)?


8. Which city in Gifu is famous for its samurai swords and is home to the Mino style of sword-making?


9. Hoba Miso is a traditional side dish from the Hida region of Gifu that is served on top of what type of dried leaf?


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


Answers for Day 30: (1) main street (2) an acorn (3) Niigata, Fukushima, Tochigi, Nagano, and Saitama (4) Ikaho onsen (伊香保温泉) (5) Mt Akagi, Mt Myogi, and Mt Haruna (6) Usui 3rd Bridge 碓氷第三橋梁 (めがね橋) (7) (b) silk (8) (c) konjac (9) rainbow trout


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