• Jason Khoh

Day 36: Hiroshima Prefecture

The start of week 8 has us back in the Chugoku region of Japan to visit Hiroshima prefecture. Its capital also goes by the same name and the prefecture faces the Seto Inland Sea.


1. What kind of person is a togi (とぎ) in Hiroshima?


2. What kind of animal is an onami (おなみ) in Hiroshima?


3. The Shimanami Kaido (しまなみ海道; aka Nishiseto Expressway) connects Japan’s main island of Honshu to the island of Shikoku. On the Honshu side, it begins in which city of Hiroshima?

4. Shimanami Kaido is the only bridge linking the Honshu and Shikoku islands that is also traversable by foot or bicycle: true or false?


5. Shukkeien Garden (縮景園) in Hiroshima is said to have been modeled on which lake in Hangzhou, China?

6. The Hiroshima Toyo Carp professional baseball team has won the Japan Series championship how many times: (a) 1 (b) 2 (c) 3


7. Which town in Hiroshima was featured in Studio Ghibli’s ‘Ponyo’ and was a location in Marvel’s ‘Wolverine’?

8. What is the name of Japan’s largest natural bridge made of limestone that spans across the Taishaku river?

9. Hiroshima’s most famous food is its own style of: (a) soba (b) okonomiyaki (c) hot pot


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


Answers for Day 35: (1) welcome (2) tea (3) Yasaka-jinja Shrine (八坂神社) (4) Uji (宇治) (the oldest tea shop is Tsuen and the oldest existing Shinto shrine building is Ujigami) (5) azaleas (みつばつつじ) (6) Nintendo (7) Haruki Murakami (8) Pacific herring (9) shojin ryori (精進料理)


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