Map of Japanese provinces with Kibi highlighted
Kibi Province (吉備国 Kibi no kuni) was a very old province of Japan in the area as Okayama Prefecture and eastern Hiroshima Prefecture on the island of Honshū. It was sometimes called Bishū (備州).
Kibi was divided into Bizen, Bitchū, and Bingo provinces in the late 7th century.
- ↑ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005)."Kibi" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 512.
- ↑ The name of these provinces was created using a kanji character from Kibi. A suffix was added according to the distance from the capital -- Bizen (備+zen = "near"), Bitchū (備+chū = "middle"), and Bingo (備+go = "far").