Day 34: Miyagi Prefecture
We head up to the Tohoku region of Japan to visit the Pacific-Ocean facing prefecture of Miyagi. Its capital is Sendai, which also happens to be the largest city in the entire region of Tohoku.
1. What does kerain (けらいん) mean in Miyagi?
2. What animal is a biki (びき) in Miyagi?
3. What is the name of this place with 260 islands that is considered one of the three most scenic sights in Japan (日本三景, Nihon Sankei)?
4. What is the name of this water-filled crater found on Mt Zao? (Hint: its nickname is Goshikinuma (五色沼) or the Lake of Five Colors)
5. In winter, hundreds of trees on Mt Zao are glazed with snow and ice creating strange looking figures affectionately called what in English? (Hint: they are called juhyo [樹氷] in Japanese)
6. What animal are you most likely to encounter on Tashiro Island?
7. How many Japan Series Championships have the local baseball team, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, won: (a) 1 (b) 3 (c) 5
8. Harakomeshi is a traditional dish of the region that features the meat and roe of what fish?
9. What is the name of the Sendai native who was the first Asian figure skater competing in the men’s singles to win an Olympic gold medal?
10. Write a haiku poem that best describes the beauty and charm of Miyagi.
Answers for Day 33: (1) a dog (2) a lizard (3) Echigo and Sado Provinces (4) true (5) Ken Watanabe (6) Yahiko-jinja Shrine (彌彦神社) (7) Kodo (8) (c) a dessert/snack (9) the tulip