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Later, Tokugawa Ieyasu replaced him with the Hosokawa clan. Former Prime Minister of Japan Hosokawa Morihiro is a descendant of the Hosokawa clan of Kumamoto. Former president of Peru Alberto Fujimori's ancestors emigrated from Kumamoto early in the 20th centuary.
The city's most famous landmark is Kumamoto Castle, a large, and in its day, an extremely well fortified Japanese castle. The donjon (castle central keep) is a concrete reconstruction built in the 1970s, but several ancilliary wooden buildings remain of the original castle. The castle was besieged during the Satsuma Rebellion, and was sacked and burned after a 53-day siege. Within the outer walls of Kumamoto Castle is the Hosokawa Gyobu-tei, the former residence of the Higo daimyo. This traditional wooden mansion has a fine Japanese garden located in its grounds.
English-speaking visitors will probably find most useful: Shark Attack bar, Jeff's World Bar, Kumamoto International Centre, and Kinokuniya. There is also a lively email discussion group for international (for which read English-speaking) residents or visitors to Kumamoto - called Kumamoto-I .
Kumamoto city is home to Suizenji Koen (Park), a formal garden neighbouring the Suizenji Temple approximately 10 kilometres west of Kumamoto Castle. Suizenji Koen is considered to be one of the most beautiful gardens in remaining Japan, together with Kenroku-en in the city of Kanazawa, Ishikawa prefecture, and the gardens Kairaku-en and Koraku-en .
- Kumamoto University
- Kumamoto Gakuen University
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