Kumaso Province

Kumaso Province or Land of Kumaso[1] (熊曽国, Kumaso no kuni) was the name of Hyūga Province on the island of Kyushu in the Kojiki.[2] Its boundaries are within Miyazaki Prefecture.


The land of Kumaso is mentioned in the mythological genesis of the island of Kyushu,[1] and also plays a part in a tale of Yamato Takeru - both recorded in the Kojiki.[3] The history of Komaso started and ended before the Ritsuryō province system was established at the beginning of the 8th century with the Taihō Code.


  1. Basil Hall Chamberlain (1883). A Translation of the “Ko-Ji-Ki”.
  2. Brinkley, Frank. (1915). A History of the Japanese People from the Earliest Times to the End of the Meiji Era, p. 40.
  3. Burke, Stephania, "Hero's Journey for the Yamato Takeru Myth in Kojiki (712)", History Through Literature Project, Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS) at the University of California, Berkeley; retrieved 2012-6-24.

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