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OTHER SCRIPTS: 知床, しれとこ (hiragana), シレトコ (katakana)
Meaning & History
This is the name of a peninsula (declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005) in north-eastern Hokkaidō in northern Japan. The kanji that make up Shiretoko are 知 (chi, shi.raseru, shi.ru, shire) meaning "know, wisdom" and 床 (shou, toko, yuka) meaning "bed, floor, padding, tatami."
The name itself is derived from the Ainu word 'sir etok' which means "the end of the Earth."
The Shiretoko peninsula is known in Japanese as Shiretoko-hantō (知床半島).