Shirakawa Barrier

An uta makura: the Shirakawa barrier was loacted within modern Shirakawa City in Fukushima Prefecture in the north-east of Honshû. After passing through it, one entered the province of Michinoku. As the place name contained sira ‘white’ it was often associated with ‘snow’ and, in contrast, with ‘green leaves’ and ‘autumn leaves’.

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