Shimane prefecture is located in the western part of San’in region, and the Oki Islands are included in its boundary. The prefecture is divided into three regions: the Izumo region, which is the eastern part and includes the capital city of Matsue and Izumo city; the Iwami region, which is the western part and consists of Hamada city and Masuda city; and the
Oki area where the Oki Islands are located. In the historical records and local gazetteer written in the Nara period, the mythologies that take place in Izumo area are recorded, namely, those of Kojiki, Nihonshoki, and Fudoki. Izumo Taisha shrine also appears in these records, and members of the family called izumonokuni miyatsuko (Governor of Izumo) have been in charge of the rituals since ancient times. Many poems about Iwami area composed by a famous poet of the Nara period, Kakinomoto no Hitomaro, are found in “Man’yoshu,” the oldest extant collections of poetry. In Matsue city, there is Matsue Castle built by Horio Yoshiharu during the Edo period. Rice and grapes are grown here, but the fishing industry in the Sea of Japan is more thriving than farming. In fact, it records one of the highest catches of red snow crab, yellowtail, and horse mackerel in Japan. As for sightseeing, Izumo Taisha is the most popular spot while the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine has rapidly increased popularity after it was added to the world heritage list in 2007. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine located in Ota city is the largest silver mine in Japan. Thanks to ecologically less influential development with proper control of logging, dense forests still remain around the mine, which is one of the reasons why this mine was selected as a world heritage. One of the local specialties of Shimane is shijimi clams from Lake Shinji in Matsue city. Pilgrimages to Izumo Taisha can also enjoy izumo soba. Kamaage soba (freshly boiled soba), served at stalls that line the approach to the shrine during the kamiarisai in November is called “Karasade-soba” and is particularly popular.
Izumo Taisha (Izumo Oyashiro) in Shimane prefecture is a shrine that enshrines Okuninushi-no Okami, known as a god of marriage. It is one of the oldes...
"Matsue Castle" is a flat-mountain castle located in Tono-machi, Matsue city, Shimane prefecture. It is a beautiful castle designated as a nation's im...
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