The More You Know 

is a collection of random factoids about life in Kumamoto, or in Japan in general, that you may not have known and never knew to ask.  If you have a morsel of knowledge that could benefit the masses, let us know.  As this list is an amalgamation of user submissions it is subject to change at the discretion of the private entities involved. 
And now, in no particular order, THE LIST:

  • It is illegal to drive a car while wearing slippers or sandals, but it is legal to drive barefoot.
  • If your mobile phone's charge is running low and you don't have access to your charger, you can stop by any store of your provider (Docomo, AU, Softbank, etc.) and they'll charge it for you.
  • On Saturdays, banks and ATMs stop issuing cash between the hours of 7pm-9pm.
  • A package labeled in English “chicken parts” is probably going to be literal chicken parts (beaks, feet) and NOT nuggets.
  • Kumamoto’s women were ranked second prettiest in all of Japan.
  • The tram does NOT go in a circle, as some of my friends have found out the hard way.  Also, tram B doesn’t take you to Kumamoto Station, it goes to Kami-Kumamoto Station. 
  • The creator of One Piece (the manga/anime that everyone LOVES) is from Kumamoto.
  • Kumamoto Castle is considered the 3rd best castle in Japan, as ranked by whoever it is that ranks such things. 
  • Before Kumamoto Prefecture was Kumamoto Prefecture, it was Higo Province.  Which is why we have Higo Bank.
  • Governor Kabashima earned his Master's degree from the University of Nebraska in America with a thesis on the economic effects of artificial swine insemination (he studied pig sperm).  To learn more about "Kaba-chan" check out this Asahi Shimbun article.
  • Kumamoto Prefecture produces more igusa (grass used to make tatami), dekopon (a kind of big mikan), natsumikan, tomatoes, baby's breath (a kind of plant), watermelon, tobacco, and herring ( a fish) than any other prefecture in Japan
  • Jett and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Illegal Day
    Did you know you could be fined up to 5 man for riding a bike without a light at night?  Or that cycling with a passenger over age six could set you back 2 man? These and other fascinating laws and their punishments can be found in this fun but informative powerpoint about Japanese laws put together by the PAs in Shiga Prefecture!!!
・If you have been to a good English-speaking doctor, please email the PAs about it.

・Good luck with the new semester of classes! 

Important upcoming dates:

・Starting in October - New ES/JHS ALT School Visits  
Upcoming Events:

・September 5 - Taco Night, 7PM at Tortacos, Kumamoto City
・September 26 & 27 - Ashikita Beach Party, Otachimisaki Park, Ashikita, check-in starts at 4PM
Area Guide


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