Whoa!!! impressive shots indeed.I love Japan.
Japanese steal it from chinaOriginally Posted by coldstar
Cyugoku Chihou (中国地方) in Japan has no relation to Mainland China at all.
Historically, there had been 2 advanced regions in Japan: North Kyushu （北九州) and Kansai （近畿）。 Until the Edo period, Tokyo （関東） had been the backward region with extremely thin population. At that time, Japan's most important region from every aspect had been North Kyushu （北九州) and Kansai （近畿）.
Hence, the corridor between North Kyushu （北九州) and Kansai （近畿） was called 'Cyugoku (中国）', literally means 'the middle of the country' (中国).
And even today, the region including Hiroshima and Okayama, is called Cyugoku: the middile of the country.