Ise Province

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Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Ise Province highlighted

Ise Province (伊勢国, Ise no kuni) was an old province of Japan in the area of modern Mie Prefecture on the island of Honshū.[1]

The province had borders with Iga, Kii, Mino, Ōmi, Owari, Shima, and Yamato.

When the province was created in 646, its capital city was Uji-Yamada.[2]

History[change | change source]

View of Ise Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige, 1860

Before Nara period, Ise Shrine, the holiest Shinto shrine was established in this province and here is introduced by a word Kamukaze in waka rhetorics in the Nara period. In the Edo period, the Tōkaidō road was the main route between the Imperial capital at Kyoto and the main city of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The road passed through Ise.[3]

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

The World War II Japanese battleship Ise was named after this province.

Temples and Shrines[change | change source]

Tsubakiōkamiyashiro (Tusbaki jinja/Nakato jinja) was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) for the province. [5]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Ise" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 395.
  2. Schelliner, Paul E. et al. (1996). International Dictionary of Historic Places, Vol. 5, p. 376.
  3. Nussbaum, "Tōkaidō" at p. 973.
  4. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-1-17.

Other websites[change | change source]

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