四国、中国地方を周って感じたこと | I felt something that I stayed in Shikoku and Chugoku area.



I stayed in Matsuyama, Ehime for one month from May 2021, then I stayed in Marugame, Kagawa for the next month. After that, I stayed in Okayama for one week, and finally, I stayed in Yotsugi, Tokyo for almost three weeks.


During my stay in Shikoku and Chugoku regions, I was impressed by the local appeal they put into promoting their places.


I could see that each prefecture had its own distinct characteristics.


Ehime is famous for iyokan oranges and sea bream. Kagawa is renowned for its udon noodles. Kouchi is well-known for bonito fish and Ryoma Sakamoto. Tokushima is famous for Awa dance.


In each prefecture, they truly highlight their unique features. In Ehime, there is orange liquor made from iyokan oranges, and in Tokushima, there is sudachi citrus liquor. In Kouchi, there is a sake named after Ryoma Sakamoto.

そして、香川にはうどんの煮汁のお酒があります。 ←嘘です。

And in Kagawa, well, they actually have alcohol made from udon soup. That was a joke.


I was fortunate to have a job opportunity in Tokushima, but I felt that the lives of the locals were heavily influenced by Awa dance throughout the year, which made me wonder if I could adapt to it.


Just kidding. I was actually more interested in finding an IT-related job. I think Awa dance is fantastic, and I even visited the Awa Odori Hall.


Furthermore, when I visited the Chugoku region, I also felt that each place was making efforts to showcase their unique characteristics.


I stayed in Okayama, which is famous for the Momotaro folktale. There are various representations of Momotaro throughout the city, such as illustrations and statues.

The statue of Momotaro in front of Okayama Station and me.


The airport is also named Momotaro Airport.


In Tottori, several manga artists, including the creator of Kitaro, are from there, so the airport is named Kitaro Airport.


I really admired the efforts made by Shikoku and Chugoku to promote their local areas, while thinking that Tokyo lacks such traditions. After returning to Tokyo, I stayed in Yotsugi.


And during my stay in Yotsugi, I thought that the local appeal there was even more impressive than in Shikoku or Chugoku.


Yotsugi is the setting for the soccer manga “Captain Tsubasa,” and there are Captain Tsubasa illustrations and statues all over the city.


The Nankatsu SC, which Tsubasa belongs to, is a shortened form of Minamikatsushika. It’s definitely Yotsugi. Tsubasa is everywhere you look.


Although it was nostalgic, I couldn’t bring myself to visit the statue of Tsubasa or the Tsubasa-themed park.


Yotsugi Station plays Captain Tsubasa music, and even the announcements are made by Tsubasa’s voice.

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