Kii Province

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Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Kii Province highlighted

Kii Province (紀伊国 Kii no Kuni?), or Kishū (紀州?), was an old province of Japan in the area of Wakayama Prefecture and Mie Prefecture on the island of Honshū.[1]

Kii had borders with Ise, Izumi, Kawachi, Shima, and Yamato Provinces.

History[change | edit source]

View of Kii Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige, 19th century

During the Edo period, the Kii branch of the Tokugawa clan[2] held the castle at Wakayama.

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

Shrines and Temples[change | edit source]

Hinokuma-Kunikakasu jinjū was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Kii. [4]

Related pages[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kii" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 515.
  2. Nussbaum, "Kii" at p. 515; excerpt, "Branch of the Tokugawa family, formed by descendants of Tokugawa Yorinobu, Tokugawa Ieyasu's eighth son"
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3; retrieved 2012-1-17.

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