I traveled to Kumamoto using “Kyushu Fukko Wari” (Kyushu Reconstruction Discount Tickets). Since I was impressed with Kumamon (the local mascot character of Kumamoto Prefecture) at Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2016, I decided to visit Kumamoto to see how reconstruction has been moving forward after the strong earthquake. In this article, I will write about Kumamon Square as part of Day 2.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Departure for Kumamoto
* Day 2: Kumamoto Castle
* Day 2: Josaien
* Day 2: Kumamon Square [This article]
* Day 2: Kumamoto Night View
* Day 3: Kumamoto Suizenji
* Day 3: Kumamoto Station
* Day 3: Kumamoto Castle (Revisit)
* Day 3: Kumamoto Castle (Evening View)
2016.12.22 – 24
After lunch, I walked around the shopping area in the center of Kumamoto city.
Kamitori Shopping Arcade
To begin with, I walked around Kamitori Shopping Arcade.
A chorus group sang songs for Christmas.
I found Kumamon goods.
This was “Komurasaki”, one of the famous Kumamoto Ramen restaurants.
Shimotori Shopping Arcade
Then, I moved to Shimotori Shopping Arcade.
This Karaoke bar has a Kumamon room.
There was an antenna shop of Kumamoto railways.
Since Shimotori Shopping Arcade was the largest entertainment district in Kumamoto, there were a lot of people.
Now I arrived at Kumamon Square.
Let’s get into Kumamon Square.
There were a variety of Kuammon goods.
This was Kumamon Sales Manager office.
There were a lot of pictures, trophies and award certificates in the room.
Kumamon’s show started.
Kikuch-kun, an unofficial mascot character of Kikuchi city in Kumamoto Joined the stage.
They showed “Kumamon exercise”.
After the show, visitors communicate with Kumamon.
I continued to go around Kumamon Square.
I bought this paper fan for souvenir.
This road bike was presented by DE ROSA, when Kumamon visited its factory in Italy in 2015.
Then, I left Kumamon Square.
Coffee shop “Arrow”
I stopped by a coffee shop “Arrow” for a rest.
This coffee shop was famous for its passion to coffee.
In the coffee shop.
Here is the coffee.
That’s it for the article about Kumamon Square.
Visitors are able to check its shedule for Kumamon’s show on the website. If you plan to visit Kumamon Square and watch Kumamon stage, I would recommend you should reach the venue earlier, because I suppose there will be a long queue 🙂
In the next article, I will write about night view of Kumamoto city.