Kōzuke Province

province of Japan

Kōzuke Province (上野国, Kōzuke no kuni) was an old province of Japan in the area of Gunma Prefecture on the island of Honshū.[1] It is also known as Jōshū (上州) or Jōmō (上毛).

Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Kōzuke Province highlighted

The ancient capital city of the province was near Maebashi.

History change

View of Kōzuke Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige, 1856

In the Nara period, Kōzuke was part of Keno Province. This was changed in the reforms of the Taihō Code in 701.[2]

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

Shrines and Temples change

Ichinomiyanukisaki jinja was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Kōzuke. [4]

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References change

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kōzuke" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 568.
  2. Tsunoda, Ryūsaku et al. (1951). Japan in the Chinese Dynastic Histories: Later Han through Ming dynasties, p. 18 n25.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 2 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-1-18.

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  Media related to Kozuke Province at Wikimedia Commons