Mimasaka Province

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Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Mimasaka Province highlighted

Mimasaka Province (美作国, Mimasaka-no kuni) or Sakushu (作州, Sakushū) was an old province of Japan in the area of Okayama Prefecture on the island of Honshū.[1]

The province had borders with Bitchū, Bizen, Harima, Hōki, and Inaba Provinces.

The ancient capital city of the province was Tsuyama.

History[change | change source]

View of Mimasaka Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige, 1853

In 713 (Wadō 6, 3rd month), the land of Mimasaka was separated from Bizen Province.[2]

Mimasaka was the home of the samurai Miyamoto Musashi who is known for writing The Book of Five Rings.[3]

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

Shrines and Temples[change | change source]

Nakayama jinja was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Mimasaka. [5]

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