Iwami Province

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Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Iwami Province highlighted

Iwami Province (石見国 Iwami-no kuni?) was an old province of Japan in the area of Shimane Prefecture on the island of Honshū.[1] It was sometimes called Sekishū (石州?).

The province had borders with Aki, Bingo, Izumo, Nagato, and Suō provinces.

In the Heian period, the capital city of the province was Hamada.

History[change | change source]

Iwami Ginzan silver mine

In the Edo period, silver was discovered and mined. The Iwami Ginzan silver mine (石見銀山?) was added to the World Heritage List in 2007.[2]

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

Shrines and Temples[change | change source]

Mononobe jinja was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Iwami. [4]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Iwami" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 408.
  2. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine; retrieved 2011-1-20.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 2; retrieved 2012-1-17.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Iwami Province at Wikimedia Commons