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Oki Dozen, Amacho

2015年4月10日

Oki beef, rock oyster, turbo curry . . . special gourmet products of the islands.

In the islands, which have been living together with nature, there is a special “something” that city dwellers have forgotten about.

About 60 km from Honshu, Amacho is the third largest town among the Oki islands, which consist of more than 180 islands, of various sizes. It is on an island about 89 km in circuit with a population of about 2400. A large paddle signboard welcomes you to the port.

History from ancient ages has been gathered there.

There are a total of 16 shrines, including Oki Shrine, on the island. When you go around the historic sites, you will see a monument inscribed with a poem at every turn.

Oki is known as a place of exile for noble people. Especially, Retired Emperor Gotoba, who is called “Kasei (great poet)” of the middle of Kamakura period, is special to the island. He stayed there for 19 years until his death and left many poems. People in the island still affectionately refer to him as “Gotoba-san”. Amacho is also an island of history, where the culture that was passed on by the citizens of ancient Kyoto (capital city) is still being inherited.

When I see up close the three rocks of “Saburo-iwa Rocks” standing side by side in the sea, I touch the marvellous creative power of nature. There are some more sightseeing spots such as Akiya Coast, which offers the beautiful contrast of red sea cliffs against the blue-green sea, and Hishiura-ko Port, which was loved and named as “Kagami-ga-ura” because of its stillness by Yakumo Koizumi (Patrick Lafcadio Hearn), an international writer.

Oki is blessed with abundant nature, and the entire area has been designated as a National Park of Japan. In 2009, the islands were designated a “geopark of Japan”, the first such authorized place in Shimane prefecture.

Category: Oki, Shimane, Shrines, Topscroll