Interesting Facts about Kumamoto

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Interesting Facts about Kumamoto

Postby scottb » Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:36 pm

Got an interesting fact about Kumamoto Prefecture? Know how many tomatoes Kumamoto produces per capita, why the Shiden* tracts are green, why Kato Kiyomasa has such a pointy hat, who created Kumamon**, or what it is that makes tonkotsu ramen so smelly? Then share it here.

* Shiden = tram that runs through downtown Kumamoto City.
** Kumamon = tourism campaign character for Kumamoto Prefecture. Kumamoto City also has a character named Higomaru.
*** tonkotsu ramen = if you don't know, you'll find out soon.

Here are a few:

-Oda Eiichiro, creator of the famous manga One Piece, is from Kumamoto.

-The Governor of Kumamoto Prefecture is named Kabashima Ikuo. Many Kumamoto residents friendly refer to him as Kaba-chan. Kaba means hippopotamus in Japanese. Somebody drew a hippopotamus-like caricature of him, and he now keeps it in his office. I've seen it!
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Re: Interesting Facts about Kumamoto

Postby ranpanchan » Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:25 pm

This from Miyuki Kamikawa, a grad student at Kumamoto University

The Kumamoto area used to be called 隈本 (Kumamoto) in the 14th Century. When Kiyomasa Kato made Kumamoto Castle in 1607, he change it into 熊本. Since the character 畏 in 隈 means 'being modest' and 'being afraid of something', he seems to have thought it would sound shotto weak for a name of our solid castle and better to change it into 熊 which means a bear. The origin of 隈本 is still on study, but there seems to be a lot of theories. Here are some of them.

1. 隈 means an irregular area of highland and lowland, and 本 means its center.

2. 隈本 means a winding river, 白川 (shirakawa river)

3. 隈 means the underneath of a cliff, and 本 (moto) seems to derive from a Japanese old word 'muta' which means a meadow.
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Re: Interesting Facts about Kumamoto

Postby jshon » Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:48 pm

Kumamon travels by van.

Kumamon is too big to fit through the van's side door so he (she?) goes head-first through the back of the van and lies on his stomach on the floor. :kumamon:

Poor guy.
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Re: Interesting Facts about Kumamoto

Postby watermark1079 » Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:30 pm

Very nice information..
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