|Area (rank)||7,404.14 kmÂ² (16th)|
|- % water||0.2%|
|Population (October 1, 2005)|
|- Population||1,842,140 (23rd)|
|- Density||249 /kmÂ²|
|- Flower||Gentian (Gentiana scabra var. buergeri)|
|- Tree||Camphor tree (Cinnamomum camphora)|
|- Bird||Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis)|
Symbol of Kumamoto Prefecture
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Historically the area was called Higo Province and was renamed to Kumamoto Prefecture during the Meiji Restoration as part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".
Kumamoto Prefecture is located in the center of KyÅ«shÅ«, the southernmost of the four major Japanese islands. It is bordered by the Ariake inland sea and the Amakusa archipelago to the west, Fukuoka Prefecture and Åita Prefecture to the north, Miyazaki Prefecture to the east, and Kagoshima Prefecture to the south.
Fourteen cities are located in Kumamoto Prefecture:
Towns and villages in each district:
Kumamoto hosts a large Honda automobile plant. In 2007, a Honda factory on the site began to produce non-silicon solar cells for homes and businesses, with a projected capacity roughly equivalent to 8,000 households/year.
There are several unique traditional foods in Kumamoto prefecture. First, karashirenkon is one of the most popular foods in Kumamoto. This is lotus root with mustard stuffed into the holes, covered with soybean and wheat flour, and fried. Second, basashi is also popular as traditional food of Kumamoto. It's raw horse meat, and people in Kumamoto eat it with soy sauce and ginger. In addition, takana, a type of vegetable, is one of the specialties of Aso, and there are many types of seafood in Amakusa. Furthermore, Kumamoto is famous for boiled pork-rib (tonkotsu) ramen noodles. People sometimes form a line to eat it in front of the shop.
Ikinaridango is famous sweet in Kumamoto. It contains a sweetpotato and anko. Then they are covered with a dough made from wheat flour. When you bite it, you'll find the contained a sweetpotato has a light, dry texture. "Ikinari" of ikinaridango means "sonomama"- "as it is" or "just like that" in Kumamoto area. It also called Ikinaridago or Ikinarimanzyu. It costs 80-100 yen. You should try it once!
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