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Former province of Japan
Map of Japanese provinces with province highlighted
The name Musashi, recorded in early records as muzasi, has been conjectured to be of Ainu origin. It has no apparent meaning in Japanese, but mun-sar-i or mun-sar-ihi (weed-marsh-POSS) is a hypothetical Ainu form that would mean "marsh/wetland of (i.e. belonging to) weeds/inedible or otherwise useless plants," with Musashi in the middle of the Kant? Plain.
The former province gave its name to the battleship of the Second World War Musashi.
Timeline of important events
534 (Ankan 1, 12th month): The Yamato court sends a military force to appoint Omi as the governor of Musashi Province, his rival, Wogi was executed by the court. Omi presented four districts of Musashi Province to the court as royal estates.
707 (Keiun 4): Copper was reported to have been found in Musashi province in the region which includes modern day Tokyo.
708 (Keiun 5): The era name was about to be changed to mark the accession of Empress Gemmei; but the choice of Wad? as the new neng? for this new reign became a way to mark the welcome discovery of copper in the Chichibu District of what is now Saitama Prefecture. The Japanese word for copper is d? (?); and since this was indigenous copper, the "wa" (the ancient Chinese term for Japan) could be combined with the "d?" (copper) to create a new composite term--"wad?"--meaning "Japanese copper".
May 5, 708 (Wad? 1, 11th day of the 4th month): A sample of the newly discovered Musashi copper was presented in Gemmei's Court where it was formally acknowledged as Japanese copper. The Wad? era is famous for the first Japanese coin (?, wadokaiho or wadokaichin).