Region 7: 近畿 Kinki

Region 7: 近畿 Kinki

京都 Kyoto



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京都 - Kyoto

  • Prefecture's Bird: Streaked Shearwater
  • Prefecture's Tree: Kitayama Sugi
  • Prefecture's Flower: Weeping Cherry Tree

CAPITAL : Kyoto

Kyoto was Japan's capital for over 1000 years and is still the Japanese cultural capital today.

Nintendo is headquartered in Kyoto.

Here is the PDF of the brochure for Tofuku Temple. It has Japanese and some English. Tofuku-ji PDF [530 kb]

二条城 Nijo Castle was commissioned by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1601. Ironically it was place in 1867 where Tokugawa Yoshinobu ceremoniously returned power to the Emperor. Nijoujou Brochure Page 1 [JPG 205 kb] Page 2 [JPG 163 kb]

Links:
京都 - Yahoo! Japan's Kyoto Page
Kyoto Prefecture homepage
Kyoto Visitors Guide
Nijo Castle


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兵庫 Hyogo



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兵庫 - Hyogo

  • Prefecture's Bird: Stork
  • Prefecture's Tree: Camphor Tree
  • Prefecture's Flower: Nojigiku

CAPITAL : Kobe

Hyogo Prefecture is sandwiched between the 日本海 nihon kai Japan Sea and the 太平洋 tai hei you Pacific Ocean. Therefore the mark is a squished becoming waves..

Links:
兵庫 - Yahoo! Japan's Hyogo Page
Hyōgo prefecture homepage


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和歌山 Wakayama



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和歌山 - Wakayama

  • Prefecture's Bird: White-eye
  • Prefecture's Tree: Ubame Oak
  • Prefecture's Flower: Ume Blossom

CAPITAL : Wakayama

Birthplace of the popular enka singer, Tendo Yoshimi.

Links:
和歌山 - Yahoo! Japan's Wakayama Page
Wakayama Prefecture homepage


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大阪 Osaka



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大阪 - Osaka

  • Prefecture's Bird: モズ ( 百舌 ) Shrike
  • Prefecture's Tree: イチョウ ( 銀杏 ) Ginkgo
  • Prefecture's Flower: Primrose

CAPITAL : Osaka

 

Links:
大阪 - Yahoo! Japan's Osaka Page
Osaka Prefecture homepage


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奈良 Nara



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奈良 - Nara

  • Prefecture's Bird: Grebe
  • Prefecture's Tree: Japanese Maple
  • Prefecture's Flower: Hydrangea

CAPITAL : Nara

One of the ancient capitals of Japan. Nara is famous for the many deer that roam around the city freely.

Links:
奈良 - Yahoo! Japan's Nara Page
Nara Prefecture homepage


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滋賀 Shiga



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滋賀 - Shiga

  • Prefecture's Bird: Grebe
  • Prefecture's Tree: Japanese Maple
  • Prefecture's Flower: Hydrangea

CAPITAL : Otsu

 

Shiga is bordered completely by mountains.

Lake Biwa is in Shiga. Lake Biwa is Japan's largest fresh water lake. It is 679.5sq.km. (over 308sq.mi.). Lake Biwa occupies 1/6 of the total area of Shiga. Shiga has 121 rivers.

Funazushi -Funazushi is often referred to as the “origin of sushi.” Funa, or crucian carp, is found only in Lake Biwa. Funa is pickled, fermented and cooked with rice. It has a strong smell and the taste has been likened to blue cheese.

Otsu-e - This style of painting is found only in the area of Otsu city. It is identified by the seven, bold colors that are painted on cotton. The colors are: green, black, orange, brown, yellow, white and red.

Shigaraki-yaki -Shigaraki ceramics are fired in Shigaraki which is in the southern area of Shiga. It is one of the six oldest kilns in Japan, dating back as far as 1300 years ago. One very famous item fired at Shigaraki is the tanuki statue.

What is a Tanuki
Literally, tanuki is a raccoon-dog. In Japanese folklore tanuki is a little mischievous animal that is always getting into trouble. His image often stands outside restaurants and bars. He usually appears standing upright, often wearing a vest and with a cone-shaped hat woven of rice hung over his shoulders. Already carrying two sacks of hard liquor at his side, he travels from pub to pub in search of liquor and good company.

It is not unusual to find tanuki statues in front