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Provinces (Shogun 2)

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In Shogun II there are total 65 provinces that a player can conquer to become shogun. Below is the map displaying all the 65 provinces:

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List of Provinces

Below is the list of provinces with their descriptions

Province Description Specialities Local Clan
1) Aki Aki is a fertile province located on the south coast of Chubu in western Honshu. The province has a long religious tradition and is home to the Itsukushima Shrine, dedicated to the Shinto god Susanoo's progeny, and famed for the torii that stands in the sea before it. The province was home to the Mori clan for many years, but their domain was lost following their defeat at the Battle of Sekigahara by the Tokugawa. Hallowed Ground Mori
2) Awa Situated on the eastern end of Shikoku Island, Awa is a lush and fertile province boasting a variety of agriculture. The province has an abundance of indigo plants, which are cultivated and then used to dye cloth. Awa Odori, a traditional type of dance, began here and is still celebrated in an annual three-day dance festival. The event has claims to be the largest dance festival in Japan today. Horses Miyoshi
3) Awaji Awaji, the road to Awa, is a small island province situated between the island of Shikoku and the Honshu mainland. According to legend, Awaji was the first island of Japan to be created by the Shinto gods Izanagi and Izanami. Although the climate is not ideal for the cultivation of rice, or many other foodstuffs, conditions are perfect for growing onions! The sweet Awaji onion is famed throughout Japan. Gods and onions: who needs more? Farming None
4) Bingo Located on the south coast of Chugoku, Bingo is not outstandingly wealthy but has a strong naval tradition. Goods are shipped throughout Japan and to foreign powers. When the Mori conquered the province during the Sengoku Jidai, they constructed Mihara castle, also called Ukishiro “the floating castle”, to  monitor traffic through the Seto Inland Sea. The castle would become an important base for Imperial Japanese Navy in the Meiji period. Naval Tradition Unknown
5) Bitchu Bitchu is a rather poor province situated on the south coast of Honshu. Towards the end of the 16th century, it would become a significant stronghold for the Mori, protecting their homelands to the west from incursions by the mighty warlord, Oda Nobunaga. Toyotomi Hideyoshi was leading an Oda invasion of Bitchu when Oda Nobunaga was betrayed and killed in Kyoto. Farming Unknown
6) Bizen Bizen is a fertile province located in the west of Honshu. Its mild climate is well suited to agriculture, and the province produces sweet, white peaches. It is also famous for its simple, unglazed pottery, which is adorned with distinctive markings from the kilning process. Today it has a thriving textile industry, and the distinction of being the source of the first Japanese jeans! Smithing Unknown
7) Bungo Bungo, the home of the Otomo clan, is a moderately fertile province located on the north-western end of Kyushu. Bungo's coastal position, combined with its daimyo's advocacy of foreign exchange, made Bungo an important centre for foreign trade. The daimyo also admired European culture, and converted to Christianity. He invited Jesuit missionary Francis Xavier to Bungo to promote his religious beliefs and to help strengthen relations with Europe. Naval Tradition Otomo
8) Buzen Buzen is a small, moderately wealthy province located on the northern tip of Kyushu. Its provincial delicacy, yakiudon, is a type of thick noodle that is very popular throughout Japan. Buzen’s capital suffered heavy pollution following major industrialisation during 20th Century, and it now stands at the forefront of anti-pollution measures in Japan. Craftwork "None"
9) Echigo Echigo is a moderately wealthy province located to the north of Honshu. During the Sengoku Jidai, Echigo was ruled by Uesugi Kenshin, a great warlord who became famous for his long rivalry with Takeda Shingen. Kenshin had lived in Echigo all his life and was originally called Nagao Kagetora, but he changed his name when he was adopted into the Uesugi clan. It was also in Echigo that nishikigoi, the colourful variety of the common carp that are now commonplace as pets, were first produced through selective breeding. Naval Tradition Uesugi
10) Echizen Located on the west coast of Honshu, Echizen is a wealthy province famous for the production of ceramics and washi, Japanese paper. Washi is used to make clothing and household items, as well as for all the other traditional uses of paper. It was in Echizen that Rennyo, the spiritual leader of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism, established his temple after he was chased out of Kyoto in the late 1400s. Craftwork Unknown
11) Etchu Etchu, located in the west of Honshu, is a coastal province plagued by frequent flooding. This proved detrimental to rice cultivation and agriculture until irrigation networks were established during the Edo period. Because of its strategic position, Etchu was the site of many battles throughout history, including the Battle of Kurikara. This marked the turning point in the Genpei War, when the Minamoto victory cleared the way for their undisputed rise to power and the establishment of the first shogunate. Farming Unknown
12) Fukushima Situated at the southernmost end of Tohoku, Fukushima is a fertile area with lush forests and tall mountains. Fukushima marked the ancient gateway to the untamed northern regions and, during the Asuka period, great barriers were erected to keep the northern tribesmen from encroaching upon the civilised people to the south. Prime Forest Anami
13) Harima Harima is a wealthy province situated in the south of Honshu. Its location by the Akashi Strait makes it an important source of seafood. The province is famed for Akashiyaki, a form of fried octopus dumpling. The legendary Forty-seven Ronin hailed from the castle town of Ako in Harima. After their lord was forced to commit seppuku for assaulting a member of the shogunate who had slighted him, these masterless samurai bided their time before taking revenge upon the man who caused their master's dishonour and death. None Unknown
14) Hida Set in the mountainous heart of Honshu, Hida makes up for its lack of agricultural wealth with an abundance of quality lumber. Supplying many of the surrounding provinces with timber, Hida also is renowned for its carpentry and wooden goods. Today, the province is the site of the Hida Minzokumara, an accurate recreation of a traditional mountain village, showing the lifestyle and hardships of people living in the & Japanese Alps. Prime Forest Unknown
15) Higo Higo is situated on the west coast of Kyushu. Its fertile soil and mild climate makes it an agriculturally rich province. An impressive and well-constructed castle was built in the provincial capital of Kumamoto during the late sixteenth century. It was supposed to be impregnable, but it finally fell to an attack during the Satsuma Rebellion of 1877, although many of its buildings survived. Horses Sagara
16) Hitachi Situated to the north of the Kanto plain, Hitachi boasts fertile soil ideal for agriculture and livestock, whilst its large coastline offers an abundance of seafood. The provincial capital, Mito, is home to the Kairakuen, a garden to be enjoyed with others. This is considered to be one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. Craftwork Unknown
17) Hizen Situated on the north-west of Kyushu, Hizen is a wealthy province whose coastal location and proximity to the Asian mainland makes it an important centre for trade with foreigners. It was from Hizen that Toyotomi Hideyoshi launched his ill-fated invasions of Korea, culminating in a Japanese defeat at the hands of combined Korean and Chinese armies. Naval Tradition Shoni
18) Hoki Hoki is a small province located on the northwestern coast of lower Honshu. Although somewhat infertile, its location on the Sea of Japan affords it an abundance of seafood, notably sandfish. The area has a long-standing tradition for crafting and trade and a number of shops and warehouses were established in the capital of Kurayoshi during the Edo period. Craftwork Unknown
19) Hyuga Hyuga is situated on the east coast of Kyushu. Although it gives a relatively poor rice yield, the province does boast a variety of other agricultural produce. The capital of Saito is known for the Saitobaru burial mounds, a large collection of tumuli built during the Kofun and Asuka periods of Japanese history. Farming Ito
20) Iga Located in westernmost Tokaido, Iga province is home to the Iga Sokoku Ikki, a group of minor clans - including the Hattori - and the founders of the Iga school of ninjutsu. Their formidable ninjutsu skills, combined with their intimate knowledge of the mountainous terrain, allowed the Iga families to maintain their independence for many years. They were almost destroyed when Oda Nobunaga invaded Iga in 1581, although many escaped and survived to serve Tokugawa Ieyasu when he rose to power. Ninja Hattori
21) Inaba On the northwest coast of Chubu, Inaba's numerous lakes and marshes make it ideal for the cultivation of rice. The provincial capital of Tottori derives its name from the term Tottoribe, meaning & one who catches birds. This stems from the extensive hunting of water birds in the area, during a period of Japanese history when the imperial court ordered that fowl were to be handed over as tax. Naval Tradition Unknown
22) Ise Ise is a wealthy province located on the east coast of Honshu's Kii peninsula. It is home to Jingu, a grand complex of shrines dedicated to the Shinto goddess, Amaterasu. It is one of the most important Shinto sites in Japan. The province is also known for its Matsusaka beef, made from cows bred and farmed under tranquil conditions. This helps to improve the superb quality of their meat. Hallowed Ground Unknown
23) Iwami Iwami province is situated on the west coast of Chubu. Although its annual rice yield is poor, it has significant mineral wealth and was a rich source of silver during the Sengoku Jidai. The province was also the site of many battles as Mori and Ouchi forces frequently clashed with the Amako of Izumo and their allies and retainers. Gold Unknown
24) Iwate Iwate is located in the north-easternmost part of Japan, and has an ample annual rice yield despite the generally cold and inhospitable climate. Remote and sparsely populated, it was still home to indigenous tribes until the end of the Nara period in around 800 AD, when the Japanese began their occupation and subjugation of the area. Smithing Date
25) Iyo On the north-western coast of the island of Shikoku, Iyo is a wealthy province with a long fishing tradition. The province is known for horaku-yaki, a traditional dish first created by pirates, who would grill fresh seafood caught from the Seto Inland Sea on hot stones. When not inventing new fish dishes, Wako pirates terrorized the seas surrounding Japan, even going as far as to launch raids against Korea and China. Farming Kono
26) Izu Located on a peninsula to the southeast of Chubu, Izu's economy is based on fishing and agriculture other than rice; the yields of rice are not good. Owing to the volcanic islands to the south of the peninsula, hot springs are common throughout Izu. Over the years these hot springs, or onsen, have made the province a popular tourist destination. Gold Hojo
27) Izumo Izumo is moderately wealthy and situated on the west coast of the Chugoku region. The province is known as “the home of the Gods” and is the setting for many myths and legends. One such legend suggests that the passage to Yomi, the Japanese underworld, was in Izumo. The entrance was said to have been sealed forever by the Shinto god Izanagi after he attempted to rescue his sister from the underworld. Farming Amako
28) Kaga This is an exceedingly wealthy province located on the west coast of Hokuriku. The teachings of the Jodo Shinshu priest, Rennyo, whose followers would become infamous as the Ikko-Ikki, were quick to spread throughout Kaga. Following the local lord's suicide in 1488, Kaga would remain under Ikko control, until Oda Nobunaga invaded in 1580. Kaga is also famed for its cuisine and especially its seafood. Smithing Unknown
29) Kai Situated in the heart of Chubu, Kai is moderately wealthy. Home to the Takeda clan since the 12th Century, the province is believed to have been one of the earliest settled in Japan, with archaeological finds suggesting that people have lived there for around 30,000 years. Today, the province is a major centre of wine production, accounting for over a third of wine drunk in Japan. Horses Takeda
30) Kawachi Kawachi is a small inland province located in Kansai, Honshu. It is the home of Kawachi Ondo, a traditional form of Japanese folk music often used to recount legendary tales of people and places. Under the rule of the Hatakeyama clan, Kawachi frequently became a battleground, mostly as a result of the constant power struggles that evolved between the different branches of the Hatakeyama. Farming Unknown
31) Kazusa Situated on the Boso peninsula of Honshu, this is a fairly fertile province. Its mild climate makes it particularly suitable for agriculture, while its coast has given rise to a prolific fishing industry. The province is famed for the production of futomaki matsuri sushi, a traditional and highly decorative form of sushi produced for, and consumed on, festive occasions. Iron Unknown
32) Kii Kii is a wealthy province situated on the coast southwest of Kyoto in central Honshu. The mild and temperate climate makes it well suited for farming, and the area produces much fruit, notably mandarins, persimmons and peaches. Today the area is one of the major lacquerware production centres of Japan. Monks living at Negoro-ji started the craft during the Muromachi period. Ninja Unknown
33) Kozuke Located in the north of Kanto, Kozuke is a fertile province whose cooler climate makes it ideal for the cultivation of highland vegetables. It is famed for the production of konyaku, a plant used in the creation of flour and jelly. Now called Gunma prefecture, it is the home to one of Japan's three 'Melody Roads'. This stretch of road features grooves which create vibrations within a car's body when they are driven over. They are cunningly cut to produce the tune of Memories of Summer! Philosophical Tradition Yamanoushi
34) Mikawa Situated on the Tokai coast, Mikawa is a moderately wealthy area, and the ancestral fief of the Matsudaira clan. Matsudaira Takechiyo would later adopt the name Tokugawa Ieyasu and rise to become seii taishogun, the great commander who subdues barbarians. The Tokugawa clan ruled as shoguns for more than 200 years. Today, Mikawa is famed for the production of fireworks, a result of an order from the Tokugawa shogunate that the province should be the sole source of gunpowder in Japan. Horses Unknown
35) Mimasaka Mimasaka is a, indeed the only, landlocked province in southern Chugoku. Thanks to its mountain, it has little farming, but the area is rich in iron deposits. The provincial capital Tsuyama is best known today for its outstanding Cherry Blossom Festival. Its 5000 cherry trees and ruined castle provide a setting for a re-enactment of a traditional daimyo procession. Iron Unknown
36) Mino Mino is situated in the heart of Honshu, a great and fertile plain surrounded by mountains. A strategically important location owing to its central position, it was often thought that holding the provincial capital of Gifu was the key to victory. Mino province was the site of the hugely important Battle of Sekigahara, which resulted in a Tokugawa victory over the Toyotomi. This battle secured Tokugawa Ieyasu's position, and made his rise to ultimate power almost inevitable. Farming Unknown
37) Miyagi The central portion of the old province of Mutsu, Miyagi has a high rice yield and its teeming waters have given rise to many seafood delicacies. The Miyagi coast is famed for its view of the Matsushima islands. These two hundred and fifty islands are covered in pine trees, and are today considered one of Japan's three most famous sights. Iron Unknown
38) Musashi Musashi is moderately fertile and situated in the eastern Kanto plains. Following the Sengoku Jidai, Tokugawa Ieyasu established his seat of power in the provincial capital, Edo, and the city lent its name to the period that marked the rule of the Tokugawa clan as heads of the shogunate. The city, now called Tokyo, remains the capital of Japan. Farming Ogigayatsu
39) Nagato Fertile and humid, Nagato is located on the western-most tip of Honshu, Japan's main island. Many famous battles have taken place here, such as the sea battle of Dan-no-Ura between the Minamoto and the Taira; on a smaller scale, Nagato was where the duel between the sword masters Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro happened. Due to its long coast, fish is the main foodstuff, and the area is famous for fugu, the meat of the Japanese blowfish. Unfortunately for some unlucky diners, fugu is extremely poisonous if not prepared properly! Farming Ouchi
40) North Shinano Located in the centre of the Japanese Alps, the Shinano province is as mountainous as might be expected. It is therefore difficult to farm. In all of Japan, it is the province furthest from the sea in all directions. Stone is extensively quarried. Today, Shinano province is better known as Nagano prefecture, the host area of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. Farming Unknown
41) Noto A distinctive peninsula at the western coast towards Korea, Noto's land is not particularly good for farming. It is, however, an excellent strategic location to monitor the sea traffic between southern and northern Japan. The capital, Nanao, was the birthplace of Hasegawa Tohaku, a famous painter of the Sengoku Jidai. Farming Unknown
42) Omi Omi is dominated by Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake. Good soil and plenty of water make this an extremely fertile province. It is also known for the Koga-ryu, a school of ninjutsu from the Koka area. With its closeness to Kyoto, the old imperial capital, Omi was an important location. When the capital moved to Edo, it became host to a series of post stations along the Tokaido road between the two cities. Ninja Unknown
43) Osumi Together with Satsuma, Osumi forms the most southerly part of Japan, excluding the Ryukyu Islands. It has many active volcanoes, with Sakurajima being the most unstable. The volcanic soil and frequent ash deposits actually make the place rather fertile. The island of Tanegashima, where the Portugese captain Mendes Pinto was stranded in 1543, belongs to the Osumi Islands. For a long time all muskets were called tanegashima, as gunpowder in Japan was thought to originate from here. None None
44) Owari Situated on the fertile Chubu plain, Owari boasts an impressive military tradition as the birthplace of great commanders such as Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Kato Kiyomasa. Military and manufacturing industry are still well represented here. Toyota, the Japanese car manufacturer, has its origins within the borders of this province, while the nearby towns of Seto and Nagakute hosted the 2005 World Expo. None Oda
45) Sado Sado Island lies off the north-western coast of Japan. While not very productive in terms of farming, it boasts some of Japan's richest deposits of gold and silver. Its isolated location makes it easily defensible and a good strategic position. Due to its remoteness from Kyoto and Edo, it was a frequent place of exile for politically inconvenient public figures, among them the Emperor Juntoku and the founder of Nichiren Buddhism, Daishonin. Gold Honma
46) Sagami Though economically poor, Sagami is rich in history. It is the home of the Hojo clan and seat of the earlier Kamakura Shogunate. Japan's most famous swordsmith, Masamune, is believed to have worked and taught here. It is also the location of Odawara Castle, which was besieged at different times, and with different degrees of success, by famous warriors such as Takeda Shingen, Uesugi Kenshin and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Smithing None
47) Sanuki Situated on the north coast of Shikoku, Sanuki has always had good links to the main islands. Although it is not a wealthy province, its quarries can be a major economic asset. Kukai, the founder of the Shingon branch of Japanese Buddhism, was born and raised here, while the deity of scholarship, Sugawara no Michizane, wrote much of his poetry while governing Sanuki. The province also claims to be the first to adopt udon, the famous noodle dish. Today, Sanuki is the Kagawa prefecture, and is home to one of Japan's most beautiful traditional gardens. Stone Sogo
48) Satsuma Satsuma is a wealthy province on the southern end of Kyushu. Home to the Shimazu clan, it has a long and impressive swordsmithing tradition. Its remote location and good trading links make it a good place for foreign trade. The Shimazu ruled the area for a long time, and can be considered one of the most successful clans. They conquered the Ryukyu kingdom, managed to gain various exceptions from shogunate rule, and had major influence within the Meiji government. Smithing Shimazu
49) Settsu Settsu is not a farming province, but its proximity to the capital and its Inland Sea port makes it very valuable. As a relatively urbanized province with a fairly substantial middle class it is also a place of administration and learning. It is also home to the oldest temple in Japan and to the rebellious and troublesome Ikko-Ikki. Today Osaka, the provincial capital, is the financial hub of Japan and has the headquarters of many well-known companies, such as Panasonic and Capcom. Osaka Castle is a prominent tourist destination, and the city's inhabitants are well known for both their cuisine and distinctive dialect. Philosophical Tradition Ikko Ikki
50) Shimosa Comprising the whole of the Boso Peninsula, Shimosa province is small and hilly and therefore does not produce much income. The constant wars conducted in the Kanto plain have stunted much of its potential for development. Today it is the Chiba prefecture, and the capital is a centre for the Japanese steel and oil industries, as well as producing the majority of the country's peanuts! Farming None
51) Shimotsuke Shimotsuke is located at the northern end of the Kanto plain. Today, it is home to the Nikko Tosho-Gu temple complex, famed for being the final resting place of the great shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu. The complex has been designated a World Heritage Site and attracts thousands of tourists per year. Hallowed Ground Unknown
52) South Shinano Located in the centre of the Japanese Alps, the Shinano province is as mountainous as might be expected. It is therefore difficult to farm. In all of Japan, it is the province furthest from the sea in all directions. Stone is extensively quarried. Today, Shinano province is better known as Nagano prefecture, the host area of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. Stone Kiso
53) Suo Lying at the westerly tip of Honshu, Suo has good transport and horse trading resources. Under the Ouchi family, the capital Yamaguchi has become known as the Kyoto of the West due to its great cultural achievements, making it the unofficial second city of Japan. It was here, among the educated population, that Francis Xavier, the famed Jesuit missionary, found patronage and support for his attempts to convert the Japanese to Catholicism. Horses None
54) Suruga Being mainly mountains, Suruga is not well suited to farming. The capital, Sumpu, is the main stronghold of the Imagawa clan and has a long tradition of political bickering. Tokugawa Ieyasu apparently retired to Suruga, although he quietly set up a second court to continue his rule out of the public gaze. The last shogun, Yoshinobu, also came to Suruga to retire, but was refused permission to live at Sumpu Castle by the newly-restored Meiji regime. Philosophical Tradition Unknown
55) Tajima Tajima is a small province situated on the Sanin Coast. Though it doesn't produce a large income, it has the advantage of its position, as it is a gateway between the coastal areas separated by the Chugoku Mountains. Nowadays, Tajima has gained global fame for being the birthplace of Kobe beef. Made from Wagyu cattle that are bred and reared following strict tradition, it is widely regarded as a delicacy and, possibly, the best beef in the world. Farming Unknown
56) Tamba Tamba is one of the few landlocked provinces in Japan, and is not a wealthy area. However, it is very close to the capital city of Kyoto, which gives it some positional, strategic importance. Akechi Mitsuhide staged his coup against Oda Nobunaga here, leading to the Honno-ji incident and eventually Nobunaga forced seppuku. Farming Hatano
57) Tango While not wealthy, Tango is gifted with one of the three Views of Japan. The Amanohashidate, or Bridge to Heaven, is a thin strip of land connecting both sides of Myazu Bay, and is the subject of countless paintings. Today the area is home to a major base for the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force, or what would be the Navy if the modern constitution allowed such a thing. Farming Takaoaka
58) Tosa Tosa covers the entire southern coast of Shikoku and is a moderately wealthy province that offers a safe haven from the aggression of most other clans. It has plentiful woods, making it a good place for shipbuilding. Today, Tosa has the only castle in Japan that retains both its original keep and palace. Kochi was constructed by Yamauchi Kazutoyo, the provincial ruler, after the Tokugawa victory at the Battle of Sekigahara. Prime Forest Chosokabe
59) Totomi Another important station on the Tokaido road, Totomi is the traditional homeland of the Imagawa clan. It is not wealthy but, as the main route between the east and west around the Japanese Alps, it has strategic importance. Farming Imagawa
60) Tsukushi Tsukushi is in the heart of Kyushu, and is an extremely rich province. The city of Dazaifu is one of the major military and administrative centres of feudal Japan. Historically, Tsukushi was where foreign embassies, including that of the Chinese, could be found. Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar who was deified as the Kami of learning, spent his final years here in exile. Today, the capital is Fukuoka, the most populous city on Kyushu. It is also one of Japan's most dynamic cities. Philosophical Tradition Unknown
61) Ugo Ugo is a fertile province, and its remote location in the far northwest helps keep it a very rural place. It produces mainly sake, vegetables and building stone. Nowadays it is part of the Akita prefecture and still famous for the production of sake, along with the drinking of sake. Some claim it is home to the most beautiful women in all of Japan, although is that the sake speaking? It is also home to Ono no Komachi, one of Japan's most famous female poets and, according to Catholic tradition, the Virgin Mary once appeared there as well. Stone Unknown
62) Uzen Uzen is a fertile, agricultural province, and is known for its cherries and the thistly safflower, used for dyeing. Its mountain ranges make this an easily defensible region. Three of Japan's most holy mountains stand in the province, and the area is an important site for practitioners of Shugendo, an ascetic Shintoist belief. Hallowed Ground Unknown
63) Wakasa Wakasa province lies on the western coast, between Wakasa Bay and Lake Biwa. While relatively small and underdeveloped, it is a crossroads of major routes, making it of some strategic value. The area is well known for its fishing, and provides much of Kyoto's seafood. Its capital, Obama, gained some fame-by-association in 2008 due to it sharing the name with the new American president, Barack Obama. The ensuing craze resulted in Hula groups, Obama candy, and other such merchandise. Farming Sakai
64) Kyoto Kyoto is capital of the small province of Yamashiro: it is the spiritual, intellectual and administrative centre of Japan. Both the Ashikaga shogun and the emperor reside here, and holding Yamashiro should is the main objective for any daimyo aspiring to subdue and rule Japan. Even today, Kyoto has retained its status as the heart of traditional Japanese culture. With its numerous shrines, temples and cultural events it is the second most popular tourist destination in Japan, receiving over thirty million visitors each year. Philosophical Tradition Ashikaga Shogunate
65) Yamato Located in the rich Japanese heartland and bordering Kyoto, Yamato is a valuable asset for its owners. Yamato gives its name to the earliest Japanese empire, which originated here, and Todai-ji, Japan's largest temple, can be found here. The word Yamato is often used in conjunction with subjects and values that are seen as traditionally very Japanese: it has a deep resonance in the culture. This was why the largest warship (other than modern aircraft carriers) ever constructed was the Imperial Japanese Navy's Yamato, a 73,000 ton super-battleship armed with 410mm guns. The ship saw only limited action in the Second World War, and was sunk by US aircraft in April 1945. The great vessel capsized and then exploded; the captain and commanding admiral went down with their ship. Hallowed Ground Unknown
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