Kazusa Province

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Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Kazusa Province highlighted

Kazusa Province (上総国 Kazusa-no kuni?) was an old province of Japan in the area of Chiba Prefecture on the island of Honshū.[1] It was also known as Sōshū (総州?) or Nansō (南総?).

The ancient capital city of the province was in or near Ichihara, Chiba.

History[change | edit source]

View of Kazusa Province, woodblock print by Hokusai, 1823

Kazusa was originally part of a larger territory known as Fusa Province (総国 or 捄国 Fusa-no-kuni?), which was divided into Kazusa Province and Shimōsa Province during the reign of Emperor Kōtoku (645-654). Part of Kazusa was made into Awa Province during the reign of Empress Genshō.[2]

In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. The maps of Japan and Kazusa Province were reformed in the 1870s.[3]

Shrines and Temples[change | edit source]

Tamasaki jinja was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Kazusa. [4]

Related pages[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kazusa" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 502.
  2. 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
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1; retrieved 2012-1-17.

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