- Kumamoto Prefecture
Infobox Prefecture Japan
Name = Kumamoto
JapaneseName = 熊本県
Rōmaji = Kumamoto-ken
Symbol = PrefSymbol-Kumamoto.png
Capital = Kumamoto
Region = Kyūshū
TotalArea = 7,404.14
AreaRank = 16th
PCWater = 0.2
PopDate = October 1, 2005
Population = 1,842,140
PopRank = 23rd
Density = 249
Districts = 10
Municipalities = 48
ISOCode = JP-43
Gentian("Gentiana scabra" var. "buergeri")
Camphortree ("Cinnamomum camphora")
Bird = Eurasian
Website = [http://www.pref.kumamoto.jp/english/list.html www.pref.kumamoto.jp/ english/list.html]
Ikuo Kabashimanihongo|Kumamoto Prefecture|熊本県|Kumamoto-ken is a prefecture of Japanlocated on Kyūshū Island. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.
Historically the area was called
Higoprovince and was renamed to Kumamoto prefecture during the Meiji Restorationas 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
Kyūshū, the southernmost of the four major Japanese islands. It is bordered by the Ariakeinland sea and the Amakusa archipelagoto the west, Fukuoka Prefectureand Ōita Prefectureto the north, Miyazaki Prefectureto the east, and Kagoshima Prefectureto the south.
Mt. Aso (1592 m), an extensive active
volcano, is in the east of Kumamoto Prefecture. This volcano is located at the center of the Aso caldera, the most famous calderain Japan.
Towns and villages
Towns and villages in each district:
Kumamoto hosts a large
Hondaautomobile plant. In 2007, a Honda factory on the site began to produce non-silicon solar cellsfor homes and businesses, with a projected capacity roughly equivalent to 8,000 households/year. [http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051219/bs_nm/autos_japan_honda_dc]
The sports teams listed below are based in Kumamoto.
Rosso Kumamoto(Kumamoto city)
*Kumamoto Prefecture is the 'sister state/prefecture' of
Montanain the U.S.A.[http://businessresources.mt.gov/BRD_TIR_KumaAbout.asp]
*Kumamoto is also the birth place of
Hollywoodactor Tetsu Komai.
*Kumamoto is the birth place of Japanese-Brazilian painter
* [http://www.pref.kumamoto.jp/english/list.html Official Kumamoto Prefecture homepage]
* [http://www2.kumagaku.ac.jp/teacher/~masden/links.html Kumamoto Links]
* [http://wikitravel.org/en/Kumamoto Wikitravel guide to Kumamoto]
* National Archives of Japan [http://jpimg.digital.archives.go.jp/jpg_prg/jgmWeb?%TmpFileDisp%env=jpeg2k_images/ezu/fukenchizu/031_kumamoto_e.env ... Kumamoto map (1891)]
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