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Type Other
Usage Japanese
Scripts 知床(Japanese Kanji) しれとこ(Japanese Hiragana) シレトコ(Japanese Katakana)
Pronounced Pron. SHEE-ṘE-TO-KO  [key]

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,, 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).
Added 1/23/2015 by m4yb3_daijirou
Edited 3/9/2020 by Mike C and m4yb3_daijirou