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    • Co-ordinates: 36°N 138°E
    • Prefectures: ”To be completed.”


Honshu (本州) is the main of the four islands of Japan.

Mythological Creation

According to the kojiki, this island (dubbed Yamato) was the last of the Great Land of Eightfold Isles made by the kami Izanami and Izanagi, inhabited by the kami Amenomisoratoyoakitsunewake.1

The nihongi gives this island the name of Ohoyamatonotoyoakitsushima, stating it was the first of these Eight Islands to be created by these kami.2


1. Yasumaro. O, translated by Gustav Heldt. (2014) “Kojiki. An Account of Ancient Matters”. New York: Columbia University Press.
2. Aston. W.G. (1896) “Nihongi Volume 1: Chronicles of Japan from the Earliest Times to AD697”. Tuttle Publishing.

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