Inland Sea

Inland Sea

Inland Sea, Jap. Seto-naikai, arm of the Pacific Ocean, c.3,670 sq mi (9,510 sq km), S Japan, between Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu islands. It is linked to the Sea of Japan by a narrow channel. The shallow sea is dotted with more than 950 islands, the largest of which is Awaji-shima. The shores of the Inland Sea are heavily populated and are part of Japan's most important industrial belt. Many industrial cities line the sea from the Osaka-Kobe complex on the east to the northern Kyushu industrial complex on the west. Many of Japan's greatest ports, including Osaka, Kobe, and Hiroshima are there. The Inland Sea is also famed for its scenic beauty and is the site of Inland Sea (Seto-naikai) National Park (255 sq mi/660 sq km; est. 1934) which includes some 600 islands and coastal segments.

A Fisherman of the Inland Sea is a 1994 collection of short stories by Ursula K. Le Guin. The collection was second in the 1995 Locus Award poll in the collection category.


The stories include:

  • "The First Contact with the Gorgonids"
  • "Newton's Sleep"
  • "The Ascent of the North Face"
  • "The Rock That Changed Things"
  • "The Kerastion"
  • "The Shobies' Story"
  • "Dancing to Ganam"
  • "Another Story OR A Fisherman of the Inland Sea"


  • Le Guin, Ursula K. (1994) A Fisherman of the Inland Sea, Harper Prism, 1994. (ISBN 0-06-105200-0)

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