Awa Province (Chiba)

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Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Awa Province(Chiba) highlighted

Awa Province (安房国 Awa-no kuni?)[1] was an old province of Japan in the area of Chiba Prefecture on the island of Honshū.[2] It is also known as Bōshū (房州?) or Anshū (安州?).

The province was on the tip of the Boso Peninsula (房総半島).

History[change | change source]

View of Awa Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige, 1856

Awa Province was created during the reign of Empress Genshō.[3]

In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. The maps of Japan and Awa Province were reformed in the 1870s.[4]

Shrines and Temples[change | change source]

Awa jinja[5] was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Awa. [6]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Awa Province in Shikoku sounds like it has the same name, but it is written with different kanji (阿波国).
  2. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Awa no Kuni" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 62.
  3. Meyners d'Estrey, Guillaume Henry Jean (1884). Annales de l'Extrême Orient et de l'Afrique, Vol. 6, p. 172; excerpt, Genshō crée sept provinces : Idzumi, Noto, Atoa, Iwaki, Iwase, Suwa et Sado en empiétant sur celles de Kawachi, Echizen, Etchū, Kazusa, Mutsu and Shinano.
  4. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  5. Nussbaum, "Awa-jinja" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 61.
  6. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1; retrieved 2012-1-17.

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