• Jason Khoh

Day 38: Shizuoka Prefecture

Day 38 has us back in the Chubu region of Japan to visit the prefecture of Shizuoka. Its capital also goes by the same name and its largest city is Hamamatsu.


1. What kind of animal is an en-no-koro (えんのころ) in Shizuoka?


2. What is moya (もや) in Shizuoka?


3. What is the name of the race track in Shizuoka that has hosted the Japanese F1 Grand Prix and was originally planned as a NASCAR oval inspired by Daytona Speedway?


4. What is the name of the free-range zoo in Shizuoka that also boasts 1,500 varieties of cacti and other succulents?


5. Name the three trails that lead to the summit of Mt Fuji from the Shizuoka-side of the mountain?

6. Shizuoka is the founding location for which three major Japanese motorcycle companies?


7. What is the name of the legendary sushi chef who was born in Shizuoka and owns a restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo, that was the first sushi restaurant to receive three stars from the Michelin Guide and the place where he served United States President Barack Obama in April 2014?


8. What is the name of the shrine dedicated to shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, one of Japan’s great unifiers, who grew up in nearby Sunpu Castle?


9. Akihime and Benihoppe are two breeds of what fruit that originated in Shizuoka?


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


Answers for Day 37: (1) it’s okay (大丈夫) (2) a child or children (3) Kairaku-en (偕楽園) (4) Hitachi Province (aka Joshu [常州]) (5) Morihei Ueshiba (植芝 盛平) (6) Ryujin Suspension Bridge (竜神大吊橋) (7) Real Madrid (8) Ushiku Daibutsu (牛久大仏) (9) natto (納豆)


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