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battleship Musashi was named after famous samurai Miyamoto Musashi and not after Musashi province.
- Japanese military ships were never named after people. There were specific patterns in use for naming ships, and for battleships, names came from the old provinces and, in some cases, old names for Japan. Nik42 05:47, 23 October 2007 (UTC)
- I second that. I mean-- Kaga, Musashi, Shinano...all old province names. And of course Yamato, old name for Japan. -Tadakuni 06:55, 23 October 2007 (UTC)
Etymology of "Musashi"
The hypothesis of an Ainu origin of the toponym Musashi is completely unfounded, and the cited protoform (*mun-sa-hi) is insupportable. Ainu /mun/ means "useless plant, weed; junk" (as opposed to /kina/, an edible or otherwise useful plant) rather than "grass," there is no Ainu word */sa/ that means "plain," and there is no Ainu genitive */-hi/. In Ainu, /-h/ followed by an echo vowel (repetition of the previous vowel of the noun stem) is used to create POSSESSED forms (not POSSESSOR forms), e.g. /sapa/ = "head," /sapa-ha/ = "someone's head." Ebizur (talk) 12:06, 20 October 2012 (UTC)