Place:Kumamoto, Japan

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NameKumamoto
Alt namesKumamotosource: NIMA, GEOnet Names Server (1996-1998); Times Atlas of the World (1994) Plate 20
Kumamoto-kensource: Wikipedia
TypePrefecture
Coordinates32.5°N 130.667°E
Located inJapan
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.

History

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Historically the area was called Higo Province; and the province was renamed Kumamoto during the Meiji Restoration. The creation of prefectures was part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".

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