Trivia of the Month 


June 2022 Newsletter


June is rainy season in Japan or tsuyu (梅雨) in Japanese. What flower is representative of this season?

Answer: Hydrangea. The hydrangea is the representative flower of the rainy season, as its blooming season coincides with it. The flowers can be viewed in many gardens and temples such as Kamakura which has many beautiful places to view hydrangeas.


May 2022 Newsletter


One reason why May is designated as AAPI Heritage month is because on May 7, 1843, the first recorded group of Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States.


April 2022 Newsletter


Answer: B) Culture Day, celebrated in November 

The four holidays celebrated during Golden Week are Shōwa Day (April 29), Constitution Day (May 3), Greenery Day (May 4), and Children’s Day (May 5).

March 2022 Newsletter


1,000 Japanese cherry blossom trees were planted by the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival Tree Planting Project. The Tree Planting Project began in 2009 as a vision of the first Consul-General of Japan in Nashville, Hiroshi Sato. Consul-General Sato proposed the ambitious mission to plant 100 cherry blossom trees each year over the course of ten years in Nashville parks and neighborhoods. The trees serve as a symbol of friendship between the people of Japan and the United States and as the backdrop for the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival.

February 2022 Newsletter


What is the name of this music group? Hint, the group members are students at Fisk University in Nashville.

Answer: Fisk Jubilee Singers

Source: "Black Music Has a Home: Nashville’s Place in African American Music History" by the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville 

Founded by George L. White, treasurer of Fisk University and a music professor there at the time, the goal of the group was to help raise much-needed funds for the school. Fisk University opened in Nashville in 1866 as the first American university to offer a liberal arts education to “young men and women irrespective of color.” When the group made its performance debut in 1871 at Oberlin College, all but two of the singers were formerly enslaved African Americans. Today, the group still performs and travels worldwide. 

Learn more here 

December 2021 Newsletter


What is the meaning behind shrimp in osechi royri


The kanji for shrimp (海老) means “old man of the sea,” playing on the sea creature’s bent back and antenna that look like whiskers. This food is meant to bring longevity.


November 2021 Newsletter


How many US presidents are from Tennessee? 

Answer: 3 Presidents

Three presidents were from Tennessee: Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson. However, none of the men were born in Tennessee. Andrew Jackson was born in South Carolina, while Andrew Johnson and James K. Polk were born in North Carolina.


October 2021 Newsletter


Japan is famous for its various and entertaining manga series. Which of the below is the longest running manga series still in publication?

Answer: Golgo 13

“Golgo 13,” the tale of a legendary professional assassin, has been serialized in Shogakukan's seinen manga magazine Big Comic since October 1968. When its 201st edition was released in July, it was certified by Guinness World Records as the highest number of volumes ever published for a single manga series. Unfortunately, creator Takao Saito passed away earlier this month. However, His production company, Saito Production, will continue “Golgo 13” in accordance with Saito’s wishes.


September 2021 Newsletter


What city lies in the exact geographical center of the state?

Answer: Murfreesboro 

The geographic center of Tennessee is located on Old Lascassas Pike, half-mile from the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. You can learn more about this city here


August 2021 Newsletter


What is the second largest city in Japan? 

Answer: Yokohama 

Yokohama boasts a population of an estimated 3.8 million people. The city is located less than half an hour south of Tokyo by train, and is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture. Yokohama developed rapidly as Japan's prominent port city following the end of Japan's relative isolation in the mid-19th century and is today one of its major ports. 


July 2021 Newsletter 


Why is Tennessee called the volunteer state?

According to the Tennessee Historical Society, Tennessee became known as the “Volunteer State” during the War of 1812 due to the key role played by volunteers from the Tennessee militia. Newspapers of the day touted the military spirit of the men of Tennessee. That reputation was solidified in the Mexican American War of 1848, when President James K. Polk of Tennessee issued a call for 2,600 volunteers and 30,000 Tennesseans answered.


June 2021 Newsletter 


To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its entry into the Japanese market, Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd. will release special, exclusive local versions of its Frappuccinos in all 47 prefectures from June 30. 

Based off the prefecture's popular food, what will be the Frappuccino flavor for Hokkaido Prefecture? 

A) Sapporo Ramen

B) Soft Serve Ice Cream

C) Yubari King Melon

D) Corn 


D) Corn 

The special drink for Hokkaido prefecture is the creamy corn Frappuccino. Corn was first introduced to Japan by the Portuguese in 1579. It was first grown domestically in Hokkaido in the 1900s, when the northern island underwent large-scale development as farmland, but it didn’t become widely popular until the 1950s and ’60s. Hokkaido still dominates domestic corn production.

Check out the other prefecture drinks here

May 2021 Newsletter 


What Tennessee Airport was recently recognized as the world’s busiest cargo airport?



Memphis International Airport

For the first time in 11 years, Memphis International Airport (MEM) outranked Hong Kong International Airport as the world's busiest cargo airport. MEM is home to FedEx World Express Hub, which accounted for 99 percent of the 4.6 million metric tons of cargo handled there in 2020.


メンフィス国際空港(MEM)は、11年ぶりに香港国際空港を抜いて、世界で最も忙しい貨物空港となりました。 MEMにはFedEx World Express Hubがあり、 2020年に同空港で取り扱われた460万トンの貨物の99%をFedEx社が占めています。


April 2021 Newsletter 


This lovable character is the mascot for which prefecture in Japan? 


A) Fukuoka B) Kumamoto C) Hokkaido D) Ehime 

A) 福岡県     B) 熊本県     C) 北海道       D) 愛媛県 


B) Kumamoto  B) 熊本県

Kumamon was initially created in March 2010 to promote Kumamoto ahead of the launch of the Kyushu shinkansen bullet train service in 2011. Products bearing Kumamon’s racked up sales of at least 157.9 billion yen ($1.5 billion) in 2019, according to the local government.


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