Kochi is a prefecture
on the south side of the island of Shikoku
in the south of Japan
. It is known as the land of the greenhouse
s. They are lit up strange colors at night.
Besides farming, it is known for Sakamoto Ryoma, Katsurahama beach, and katsuo, a kind of fish.
The capitol is Kochi City, population 300,000. Total prefecture population is about 800,000, mostly old people, and decreasing.
Nice places to visit are Muroto Misaki, a nice rocky coast point in the SE, Ashizuri Misaki, the beautiful SW corner, and Irino Hama, a non-concreted-over beach, a rarity in Japan, which has many surfers.
Kochi people are known for their independent-mindedness, with particularly rebellious men called Igosso. The dialect of Japanese spoken in the center and east is Tosa-ben, and the western parts speak Hata-ben. The area was formerly called Tosa.
Kochi is also the birthplace of Sakamoto Ryoma, a famous meiji politician, Hirosue Ryouko, a cute talent, and Yosakoi dancing, a type of dance done at a summer festival.