SpotThe Features of Southern Kyushu

Kyushu Island is located in the southwest of Japan. Japan’s third largest island consists of two regions, namely, Northern Kyushu and Southern Kyushu. Southern Kyushu is divided into Kagoshima Prefecture and Miyazaki Prefecture. The region including Kagoshima and southern Miyazaki was called “Satsuma” from the Muromachi period (1392-1573) to the Edo period (1603-1867). The region was ruled by the Shimazu domain lords, and it had its own distinctive culture. It has many regions which are settings for legends or tales of the Kumaso and Hayato tribes of ancient warriors. Mountainous areas have many villages which preserve legends of fleeing Heike warriors. The Heike were the losers in the climatic power struggle between the Miyamoto and Heike clans in the late 12th century.

The Features of Southern Kyushu

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