Tōsandō

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Tosandō provinces

Tōsandō (東山道?, literally, "eastern mountain circuit" or "eastern mountain region") is a Japanese geographical term.[1] It means both an ancient division of the country and the main road running through it.[2] It is part of the Gokishichidō system.[3] It was situated along the central mountains of northern Honshu,[4] Tōhoku region.

This term also refers to a series of roads that connected the capitals (国府 kokufu?) of each of the provinces that made up the region.

The Tōsandō region encompasses eight ancient provinces.[5]

After 711, Tōsandō was understood to include Musashi province.[7]

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  1. ^ Deal, William E. (2005). Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan, p. 83.
  2. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Tōsandō," Japan Encyclopedia, p. 998.
  3. ^ Nussbaum, "Goki-shichidō" at p. 255.
  4. ^ Titsingh, Isaac. (1834). Annales des empereurs du japon, p. 57., p. 57, at Google Books
  5. ^ Titsingh, p.57 n1., p. 57, at Google Books
  6. ^ After 718, Mutsu was subdivided to include Iwaki Province and Iwase Province.
  7. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Tōsandō" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 988, p. 988, at Google Books.

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