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 | change 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 | change source]

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

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change 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 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-1-17.

Other websites[change | change source]

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