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Kochi

Prefecture

Prefectures of Japan Kochi

Prefectures of Japan Kochi

Kōchi Prefecture (高知県, Kōchi-ken, /ˈkoʊtʃi/; pronounced [koːtɕi ꜜkeɴ]) is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Shikoku.[1] Kōchi Prefecture has a population of 757,914 (1 December 2011) and has a geographic area of 7,103 km2 (2,742 sq mi). Kōchi Prefecture borders Ehime Prefecture to the northwest and Tokushima Prefecture to the northeast.

Kōchi is the capital and largest city of Kōchi Prefecture, with other major cities including Nankoku, Shimanto, and Kōnan.[2] Kōchi Prefecture is located on Japan’s Pacific coast surrounding a large bay in the south of Shikoku, with the southernmost point of the island located at Cape Ashizuri in Tosashimizu. Kōchi Prefecture is home to Kōchi Castle, considered the most intact Japanese castle, and the Shimanto River, one of the few undammed rivers in Japan.

History

Kōchi Prefecture was historically known as Tosa Province and was controlled by the Chōsokabe clan in the Sengoku period and the Yamauchi clan during the Edo period.[3]

Kōchi city is also the birthplace of noted revolutionary Sakamoto Ryōma, who became one of the main instigators of the Meiji Restoration.

Geography

Kōchi 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 Kōchi and Nakamura is there a coastal plain. Kōchi is famous for its many rivers. Inamura-yama in Tosa-cho is the highest peak in Kōchi 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.

Cities

Eleven cities are located in Kōchi Prefecture:

Tourism

Kōchi Castle, one of only 12 original castles left in Japan
Aki Castle and samurai’s residence district called Doi Kachū
Okō Castle, Chōsokabe clan’s prime castle ruins.
Kōchi Prefectural Museum of History, Historical Museum located on Okō Castle
Katsurahama
Ryugado Cave, one of Japan’s top three caves
Shimanto River, the only undammed river in Japan
Godaisan
Anpanman Museum

Media

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

The 2009 movie The Harimaya Bridge starring Danny Glover was set in Kochi.

Culture

Food

Like most areas of Japan, Kōchi 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.[8] 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 (よさこい) 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 Kōchi.

Baseball

Kōchi Fighting Dogs

Football

Kōchi United SC

Other areas of interest

Prefectures of Japan Kochi

Kōchi Prefecture
高知県
Prefecture
Japanese transcription(s)
• Japanese 高知県
• Rōmaji Kōchi-ken

Prefectures of Japan Kochi
Prefectures of Japan Kochi
Prefectures of Japan Kochi
Prefectures of Japan Kochi

Prefectures of Japan Kochi

Country Japan
Region Shikoku
Island Shikoku
Capital Kōchi
Subdivisions Districts: 6, Municipalities: 34
Government
• Governor Seiji Hamada
Area
• Total 7,103.93 km2 (2,742.84 sq mi)
Area rank 18th
Population (December 1, 2011)
• Total 757,914
• Rank 45th
• Density 106.68/km2 (276.3/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code JP-39
Website www.pref.kochi.lg.jp/english/
Symbols
Bird Fairy pitta (Pitta nympha)
Flower Yamamomo (Myrica rubra)
Tree Yanase Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica)

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