Kumamoto is the capital city of Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan. I stayed there while visiting nearby Minamata. Minamata is a city located in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. It is on the west coast of Kyushu facing the Amakusa islands.
Steps were taken to remedy the situation and Minamata is now a model ecologically friendly town, with a safe environment. It is very beautiful along the shore and definitely worth a longer visit.
Kumamon is the mascot of Kumamoto prefecture. In 2011 he was the most popular mascot in Japan and revenues from him fro the prefecture were astronomical, something like 120 mUSD in the first half of 2012..
Here is Kumamon sitting in reception at the hotel waiting for guests 🙂