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Day 39: Fukuoka Prefecture

Day 39 has us back in the island of Kyushu to visit Fukuoka. With a population of just over 5 million people, it is the ninth most populated prefecture in Japan. Its capital also goes by the same name and the prefecture is the northernmost in Kyushu and closest to the main island of Honshu.

1. What colour is kinai (きない) in Fukuoka?

2. A kabechoro (かべちょろ) is what type of animal in Fukuoka?

3. Fukuoka is home to the two largest cities in Kyushu: true or false?

4. This garden in Kitakyushu city (Japanese name: Kawachi Fuji-en [河内藤園]) is famous for its two 100-metre-long tunnels featuring what flower?

5. What is the name of this shrine in Fukuoka, where the grounds are covered with over 6,000 plum trees and the place where scholar, politician and poet, Michizane Sugawara, was deified as Tenman-Tenjin, the God of literature and calligraphy?

6. What is the name of the castle in Kitakyushu that housed legendary swordsman and philosopher, Miyamoto Musashi, who moved to the castle in 1634 as a guest of Ogasawara Tadazane?

7. What is the name of the temple that is the starting point of the Sasaguri Pilgrimage and is home to an enormous reclining Buddha built in 1995 that is 44 metres long, 11 metres high, and weighs around 300 tonnes?

8. What is the name of the professional baseball team based in Fukuoka city?

9. Hakata ramen is famous around the world for its broth made from what key ingredient (other than water, of course!)?

10. Write a haiku poem that best describe the beauty and charms of Fukuoka.

Answers for Day 38: (1) a puppy (2) firewood (3) Fuji Speedway (富士スピードウェイ) (4) Izu Shaboten Zoo (伊豆シャボテン動物公園) (5) Subashiri, Gotemba, and Fujinomiya trails (6) Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha (7) Jiro Ono (小野 二郎) (8) Kunozan Toshogu Shrine (久能山東照宮) (9) strawberries

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