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Historical Kagoshima theme for Mitsukoshi fair

Date Posted: 2012-06-15

Kagoshima Prefecture, formerly known as Satsuma, is one of the most important historical locations in Japan, enough to get Okinawa Mitsukoshi to stage a Kagoshima Prefecture Products Exhibition through Monday, June 18th.

The southernmost prefecture in mainland Japan, to the north of Okinawa, Kagoshima is home to Saigo Takamori, a famous historical figure who hailed from Satsuma and changed Japanís landscape together with Ryoma Sakamoto from Tosa in Kochi Prefecture, and Shinsaku Takasugi of Chousyu in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The trio subdued the Edo shogunate that had been in power nearly three centuries, a time when it denied the countryís quest for outside international relations.

Once Takamori and his colleagues transformed the nation, Japan entered a modern era with introduction of foreign cultures, lifestyles or literature. Kagoshima is a prefecture with more than 600 isolated islands within its boundaries, including Yakushima Island, famous for its Yaku-sugi, the cedar forests named as a world heritage site. Tanegashima island, home to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and Amami Island, once part of the Ryukyu Kingdom for hundreds of years and under U.S. control for seven years following World War II, are all in Kagoshima.

Another sites beckoning visitors to Kagoshima are Sakurajima Mountain Island, and Kirishima Mountain, both active volcanoes. The prefectureís famous for Satsuma Shochu sake, Satsuma-imo, a sweet potato, and for its hot springs. Kagoshima boasts the second largest number of hot springs in Japan, behind Oita Prefecture.

Kagoshima Prefecture Products Exhibition features famous and familiar Kagoshima products including Kurobuta, a black pork, Bento, Kurobuta Manju, Kurobuta Ramen, Satsuma age, a steamed fish past, seafood, shochu and sweets. A total of 41 shops are displaying their wares, crafts or foods during the week-long event. The exhibition is on the 6th floor at Okinawa Mitsukoshi. The exhibition is open daily 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through June 18th except on its last day, Monday, when the doors close at 5 p.m.

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