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Kumamoto,

silversea asia cruise Kumamoto JapanKumamoto city is the capital of Kumamoto prefecture and is a major city on Kyushu’s west coast with a population of 650,000. This city is known as a favoured place by both warriors and writers of literature in the old days. Kumamoto is home to many historical and cultural sites, and the symbol of this city is indeed Kumamoto castle. In the early 17th century, Kiyomasa Kato who was a feudal lord of this area, have built Kumamoto castle. Now, it stands as “Heart and Soul” of local people after the devastating earthquake in April 2016. After the reign of Kiyomasa Kato, Hosokawa family ruled this area for 200 years. Their powerful reign is evident by the traditional Japanese garden they possessed called Suizenji Jojuen Park, also former residence of Hosokawa Gyobu. Other local specialties have also developed in Kumamoto such as Higo-Zozan design and Shodai-yaki pottery in the 17th century as well. Higo-Zozan design was used for harquebus at the beginning and used for accessories nowadays.

Kumamoto,

Kumamoto,