Today’s video is special as we are giving you the chance to enjoy in its entirety (over 31 minutes) one of Japan's most famous Iwami Kagura plays : Orochi! Literally meaning “Entertaining the gods” Kagura is a sacred Japanese dance and music ritual dedicated to the gods of Shinto […]

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Located in southern Shimane in Tsuwamo, the Taikodani Inari Shrine is one of the five most important inari shrines in Japan. It is said that In 1773, the 7th feudal lord Norisada Kamei, invited the deity spirit from Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shrine while building Taikodani Inari Shrine [...]

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The Shimane Arts Center is a nationally prominent facility and the largest in Shimane. Because of its unique design, the Shimane Arts Center received the nickname of "Grand Toit", or "large roof" in French. Indeed the Grand Toit Art Museum is entirely covered by Shimane famous Sekishu tiles […]

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Located near Hamada city, in the southern part of Shimane prefecture, you will find in the beautiful secluded Umikurasan Ryuun Temple. Established 1382 near what was once the Misumi Castle, a district of Hamada city, the Umikurasan Ryuun Temple was later relocated to its actual location in 1441 […]

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Located near Hamada City in Shimane, the Tatamigaura Rock-Flats Beach, also known as Iwami Tatamigaura Beach is a scenic area that was created around 16 million years ago when the seafloor was raised by a powerful earthquake. This beach is also known as Senjojiki or “thousand mats” [...]

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The Bukeyashiki is a traditional samurai residence built after the great fire of 1733.  It is located in the center of Matsue City alongside the moat of Matsue Castle. It was occupied by successive samurai of middle rank status of the Matsue domain, who periodically had to change their residence [...]

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The Miho Shrine is located at the eastern end of Shimane Peninsula in the fishing village of Mihonoseki. Built around 1500, Miho Shrine is dedicated to Ebisu the deity of fishermen, thriving business, music and dance. Being the god of music and dance, priests and locals have collected from […]

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The Adachi Museum of Art is a rather recent museum.  The museum was founded and opened in 1970 by Adachi Zenko who was a successful Japanese industrialist and fascinated by fine arts and gardens. While the real treasures of the Adachi Museum of art [...]

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Located closest to Matsue City on an island in the middle of Lake Nakaumi, Yushien Garden or commonly known as Yūshien or Yuushien in Japanese is a 40,000 square meter garden established in 1975.  It’s famous for its gorgeous landscape including waterfalls, streams, stone lanterns, rock-garden, a beautiful [...]

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Completed in 1611 Matsue Castle, a “Black Castle” due to its dark and austere exterior is and surrounded by a gorgeous moat and thick wall. It is one of only a dozen original castles left in Japan. That means that unlike many others like Naoya Castle and Osaka Castle, […]

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Ushibuka Haiya Odori is one of Japan's most famous festivals. It began around 200 years ago in the once rich port of Ushibuka. What is unique about the Ushibuka Haiya Odori, it’s said to be the root of all “Awa Odori” and “Haiya” folk music heard all over Japan! [...]

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After Mount Fuji, Chureito Pagoda, Obuchi Sasaba and Wakayama’s famous Taki Fall (Taki waterfall), the Seigantoji Pagoda is one of the world's most famous locations wherein a single picture so much of Japan’s beauty can be seen. Right in the center of Kumano Nachi Taisha history, […]

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