Kagoshima Kurobuta are Berkshire pigs, a rare breed of pig originating from the English county of Berkshire. This pig is bred in Kagoshima Prefecture of Japan, under the trademarked name Kagoshima Kurobuta (かごしま黒豚/Kagoshima black pig).
Mangoes have been called “the eggs of the sun.” Mangoes in Miyazaki are harvested only when they are fully ripe and have fallen naturally. Because they ripen completely on the tree, they are softer and less fibrous than most mangoes, and are characterized by their rich sweetness.
Kumamoto most famous landmark is Kumamoto Castle, a large and, in its day, extremely well fortified Japanese castle. The donjon (castle central keep) is a concrete reconstruction built in the 1970s, but several ancillary wooden buildings remain of the original castle, which was assaulted during the Satsuma Rebellion and sacked and burned after a 53-day siege. It was during this time that the tradition of eating basashi (raw horse meat) originated. Basashi remains popular in Kumamoto.
Huis Ten Bosch Tulip Festival features 550 tuilip varieties, the most in Japan. At Huis Ten Bosch visitors will find the largest collection of tulips in Japan, featuring 550 varieties, including some extraordinarily rare ones that are making an appearance in Japan for the very first time. The expansive tulip fields in brilliant colors, the streets with a real European feel, including three windmills, makes Huis Ten Bosch truly a sight to behold during this event.
Every August, during the Obon Festival, Tokushima holds a cultural dance festival, the Awa Odori (阿波踊り). Awa Odori literally translates as "Awa Dance" (Awa being Tokushima Prefecture's ancient name). During the festival, residents ranging from young children to professional dance troupes perform a distinctive style of Japanese traditional dance in regional costumes, accompanied by strings, drums, and singing (usually by the dancers themselves).
Sensouji is Tokyo's largest Buddhist temple and a major attraction for Japanese and foreigners alike. There is a giant lantern (提灯/chouchin) at the Sensouji's Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) which normally becomes the symbol of Sensouji.
Natto (納豆), or fermented soybeans, is a traditional Japanese food popularly eaten as a part of breakfast to accompany rice. In the early 20th century, a natto maker in Mito City, Ibaraki, began to mass-produce natto industrially, Since then, most Japanese associate the food with Ibaraki. People from all over Japan and even foreigners gather at Ibaraki to compete at the “World Natto Eating Contest” held there every year.
The Daruma doll (だるま), also known as a Dharma doll, is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. The current popular symbolism associated with Daruma as a good luck charm in part originated with the Daruma-dera (Temple of Daruma) in the city of Takasaki (Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo).
Commodore Matthew Perry landed in Kanagawa in 1853 and 1854 and signed the Convention of Kanagawa to force open Japanese ports to the United States. Yokohama, the largest deep-water port in Tokyo Bay, was opened to foreign traders in 1859 after several more years of foreign pressure, and eventually developed into the largest trading port in Japan. Nearby Yokosuka, closer to the mouth of Tokyo Bay, developed as a naval port and now serves as headquarters for the U.S. 7th Fleet and the fleet operations of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.
According to the legendary history of Kasuga Shrine, a mythological god Takemikazuchi arrived in Nara on a white deer to guard the newly built capital of Heijou-kyou. Since then the deer have been regarded as heavenly animals, protecting the city and the country. Tame Sika Deer (鹿/shika) roam through the town, especially in Nara Park. Snack vendors sell "shika sembei" (deer biscuits) to visitors so they can feed the deer.
Kobe beef (神戸牛/Kobe ushi) refers to cuts of beef from the Tajima strain of wagyu cattle, raised in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, according to rules as set out by the Kobe Beef Marketing & Distribution Promotion Association. The meat is generally considered to be a delicacy, renowned for its flavour, tenderness, and fatty, well-marbled texture.