Shima-no-kuni : The Short Summary Of Shima Province
Shima-no-kuni was an administrative district in classic Japan. The area
of Shima Province was located on the eastern part of Mie Prefecture
, Ise province
was on the west, and the other sides of the prvince were surrounded by
the Pacific Ocean, so it was on the Shima Peninsula. Shima-no-kuni belonged
to Tokai-do region, and it was counted as a lower grade and close province.
The provincial government and the Kokubunji Temple of Shima might be in
at Shima city in Mie prefecture. And Izawa-no-miya in Shima City, the annex
of Ise Jingu Shrine
was registered as Ichinomiya (the first shrine) of Shima Province. First
Shima-no-kuni belonged to Ise Province at Taika Reform in 645, and Shima
separated from Ise later 7th or 8th century.
Late Sengoku Period (the Warring States Period)
, Shima-no-kuni was famed at Kuki Suigun Navy, so Yoshitaka Kuki gained
the power around the province, and he became a vassal of Oda Clan. Nobunaga
Oda, the most popular Sengoku Busho
and reformer, ordered Kuki clan to build the naval force. Kuki Suigun
was also called 'Toba Suigun Navy'.
After Meiji Restoration, the classical districts were rebuilt, Shima merged
and south-eastern part of Kii province
to be Mie prefecture
Blue represents Tokai-do and No.34 in the map below is Shima-no-kuni