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Musashi Province (武蔵国 Musashi no kuni ) was an old province of Japan in the area of Tokyo Prefecture, Saitama Prefecture and of Kanagawa Prefecture on the island of Honshū. It was sometimes called Bushū (武州).
The Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Musashi was named after the province.
Timeline of important events in Musashi
- July 18, 707 (Keiun 4, 15th day of the 6th month): Empress Genmei is enthroned at the age of 48.
- 707 (Keiun 4): Copper was reported to have been found in Musashi province in the region which includes modern day Tokyo.
- 708 (Keiun 5):, The era name was about to be changed to mark the accession of Empress Gemmei; but the choice of Wadō as the new nengō for this new reign became a way to mark the welcome discovery of copper in the Chichibu District, Saitama|Chichibu District of what is now Saitama Prefecture. The Japanese word for copper is dō (銅); and since this was indigenous copper, the "wa" (the ancient Chinese term for Japan) could be combined with the "dō" (copper) to create a new composite term – "wadō" – meaning "Japanese copper."
- May 5, 708 (Wadō 1, 11th day of the 4th month): A sample of the newly discovered Musashi copper was presented in Gemmei's Court where it was formally acknowledged as Japanese copper. The Wadō era is famous for the first Japanese coin (和同開珎, wadokaiho or wadokaichin).
- 1590 (Tenshō 18): Siege of Odawara (1590)|Siege of Odawara. Iwatsuki Domain and Oshi Domain founded in Musashi Province.
Shrines and Temples
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Musashi" in Japan Encyclopedia, pp. 669-671.
- Nussbaum, "Tōkaidō" at p. 973.
- Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
- "What 'Lost Decade'?" New York Times. Jaunuary 7, 2012; retrieved 2012-4-26.
- Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO), "A new famous Tokyo spot linking information and the soul of Japan to the next generation"; retrieved 2012-4-26.
- Brown, Delmer M. (1979). Gukanshō, p. 271.
- Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 63. at Google Books
- "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 1; retrieved 2012-1-26.
- Nussbaum, "Hikawa-jinja" at p. 311.