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K%C5%8Dchi Prefecture
K?chi Prefecture

Japanese transcription(s)
 o Japanese
 o R?majiK?chi-ken
Flag of K?chi Prefecture
Flag
Official logo of K?chi Prefecture
Symbol
Location of K?chi Prefecture
Coordinates: 33°26?N 133°26?E / 33.433°N 133.433°E / 33.433; 133.433Coordinates: 33°26?N 133°26?E / 33.433°N 133.433°E / 33.433; 133.433
CountryJapan
RegionShikoku
IslandShikoku
CapitalK?chi (city)
SubdivisionsDistricts: 6, Municipalities: 34
Government
 o GovernorMasanao Ozaki
Area
 o Total7,103.93 km2 (2,742.84 sq mi)
Area rank14th
Population
(December 1, 2011)
 o Total757,914
 o Rank45th
 o Density106.68/km2 (276.3/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeJP-39
Websitewww.pref.kochi.lg.jp/english/
Symbols
BirdFairy pitta (Pitta nympha)
FlowerYamamomo (Myrica rubra)
TreeYanase Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica)

K?chi Prefecture (, K?chi-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located on the south coast of Shikoku.[1] The capital is the city of K?chi.[2]

History

Prior to the Meiji Restoration, K?chi was known as Tosa Province and was controlled by the Ch?sokabe clan in the Sengoku period and the Yamauchi clan during the Edo period.[3]

K?chi City is also the birthplace of noted revolutionary Sakamoto Ry?ma.

Municipalities

Map of K?chi Prefecture
     City      Town

K?chi Prefecture comprises the southwestern part of the island of Shikoku, facing the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered by Ehime to the north-west and Tokushima to the north-east. It is the largest but least populous of Shikoku's four prefectures. Most of the province is mountainous, and in only a few areas such as around K?chi and Nakamura is there a coastal plain. K?chi is famous for its many rivers. Inamura-yama in Tosa-cho is the highest peak in K?chi prefecture with an altitude of 1,506 meters above sea level.

As of April 1, 2012, 7% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park; Ishizuchi, Muroto-Anan Kaigan, and Tsurugisan Quasi-National Parks; and eighteen Prefectural Natural Parks.[4]

Skyline of K?chi City

Cities

Eleven cities are located in K?chi Prefecture:

Towns and villages

These are the towns and villages in each district:

Mergers

Tourism

Cape of Ashizuri
Cape of Muroto

Media

The 2013 movie Hospitality Department (Kencho Omotenashi Ka) is set in K?chi.[5] The film shows views of K?chi Prefecture.

The 2009 movie The Harimaya Bridge starring Danny Glover was set in Kochi.[6][7]

Culture

Food

Like most areas of Japan, K?chi advertises itself as specialising in a major food item, in this case, Katsuo no Tataki. Katsuo no Tataki is Skipjack Tuna or Bonito, lightly seared. Traditionally this is done over the straw generated as a by-product of the rice harvest. Sawachi is a term which refers to "a style of meal" in Kochi prefecture, according to Kochi-City Tourism Association. It says that the characteristic of the style of eating is "its freeness in the arrangement of food on a large dish" People eat Sawachi in the situation of "Enkai" which refers to a gathering of family, friends and relatives. They surround "Sawachi", feasts on large dishes, and take own portions by themselves. The style represents the cultural climate of Kochi prefecture which hates formal arrangements and respect freedom.

Festival and events

Festival
  • Yosakoi Festival - Yosakoi (?) is a unique style of dance that originated in Japan and that is performed at festivals and events all over the country.

Sports

The sports teams listed below are based in K?chi.

Baseball
Football

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "K?chi prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 538, p. 538, at Google Books.
  2. ^ Nussbaum, "K?chi" at p. 538, p. 538, at Google Books.
  3. ^ Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780, p. 780, at Google Books.
  4. ^ "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture" (PDF). Ministry of the Environment. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Yukiyo Teramoto Makes Short Insert Anime for "Prefectural Office Hospitality Department: The Movie" - Tokyo Otaku Mode News". otakumode.com.
  6. ^ Matt Alt; Hiroko Yoda; Melinda Joe (27 March 2012). Frommer's? Japan Day by Day. John Wiley & Sons. p. 532. ISBN 978-0-470-90826-6.
  7. ^ Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt (March 2014). Embracing Differences: Transnational Cultural Flows between Japan and the United States. transcript Verlag. p. 254. ISBN 978-3-8394-2600-5.

References

External links

Media related to K?chi prefecture at Wikimedia Commons


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