Sagami Province

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Map of Japanese provinces with Sagami highlighted

Sagami Province (相模国 Sagami no kuni ?) was an old province of Japan in the area of central and western Kanagawa Prefecture.[1] It was sometimes called Sōshū (相州?).

The province had borders with Izu, Musashi, Suruga provinces. Its Pacific Ocean border included Sagami Bay.

The ancient capital city of the province was near Hiratsuka.

History[change | edit source]

View of Sagami Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige, 1852

Sagami was one of the original provinces of Japan established in the Nara period under the Taihō Code.

In the Edo period, the Tōkaidō road was the main route between Kyoto and Edo. The road passed through Sagami.[2]

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

All of Sagami became part of the new Kanagawa Prefecture in 1876.[1]

In 1906, the Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Sagami was named after the province.[4]

Shrines and Temples[change | edit source]

Samukawa jinja was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Hōki. [5]

Related pages[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kanagawa" in Japan Encyclopedia, pp. 466-467.
  2. Nussbaum, "Tōkaidō" at p. 973.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Brassey, Thomas Allnutt (1906). Brassey's Annual: the Armed Forces Year-book, p. 24.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1; retrieved 2012-1-25.

Other websites[change | edit source]

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