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Day 9: Kagawa Prefecture

Today we head back to Shikoku island to visit its northeastern prefecture, Kagawa. Its capital is Takamatsu city and did you know that it is the smallest prefecture in terms of land area in Japan? 1. Kagawa was previously known as what province?

2. If a local in Kagawa was to say hondarana (ほんだらな) what would it mean?

3. What does the phrase “shan shan shina yo!” mean in Kagawa?

4. What is the name of this park which opened in 1875 to the public and features six ponds and 13 landscaped hills?

5. With over 600 restaurants serving this particular type of noodle, Kagawa is often affectionately known as the “______ prefecture”?

6. The island of Naoshima is famous for its pumpkin sculptures by which Japanese artist?

7. The island of Shodoshima is famous for its vast groves of what plant? (Hint: it is the prefecture’s official tree and flower!)

8. What is the name of this 13.1-km-long bridge which connects Kagawa to the main island of Honshu?

9. There are 88 official temples to visit as part of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. How many of these temples are found in Kagawa?

10. Think of a haiku poem which best portrays the beauty and charms of Kagawa. Answers for Day 8: (1) to walk (2) beach sandals / thongs (3) Tsuboyu (4) true (5) Kongobuji Temple (金剛峯寺) (6) Kumano Kodo (熊野古道) (7) true (8) Nachi Falls (9) chuka soba (中華そば)

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