2014年11月08日

'Taisha Station' in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture, is an abolished railway station of West Japan Railway Company, which has been well preserved.

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Taisha Station was built for the visitors to 'Izumo-taisha' Shinto Shrine, one of the leading Shinto shrines in Japan. Present wooden building entirely in Japanese style was completed in 1924, designed after the exteior of nearby Izumo-taisha Shinto shrine. An express train was running between Tokyo and this station though, this service discontinued in 1990 because of the development of Japan's mortarization. Not only the whole building, but also the various kinds of fittings and accessories, such as illuminators, signbords and office furniture, remain intact. The old atmosphere of the days comes across once you enter this old station building, whic was designated as an important cultual asset.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 12:21 | Chugoku | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2014年09月29日

The original 'honden' main building of 'Izumo-taisha' Shinto shrine in Shimane Prefecture is supposed to have been by far the largest of any Shinto buildings in Japan.

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Izumo-taisha Shinto shrine features Japan's largest main building, built in 1744, with a height of 24 meters. According to the birth-myth of Japan, however, the height of the original building was some 96 meters. This was two times as tall as the 'daibutsu-den' of 'Todai-ji' Buddhist temple in Nara, which is known as the largest wooden building in Japan, therefore it had long been believed to be a fake.
In the year of 2000, an astounding discovery was made.
That is, three wooden pillars, with each diameter of 1.4 meters and was bundled into one big pillar, was excavated in the shrine grounds. The first picture shows these pillars on display at a nearby museum. This evidence proved that the original building was an overpowering presence in those days. Based on this excavation, many specialists imagined the original buildings in many ways as shown in the second picture.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.
通訳案内士 高木聖久

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posted by masahisa at 16:00 | Chugoku | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2014年09月27日

'Izumo-taisha' Shinto shrine, which was built as an ancient national project, boasts Japan's largest 'honden' main building.

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Against 'Ise-jingu' Shinto shrine, which is dominant in the field of 'Shintoism' Japan's native religion, Izumo-taisha with the largest honden main building stands out from others. This shrine was depicted in 'Kojiki' and 'Nihonshoki', Japan's oldest history books early in the 8th century. According to these books, the Creator of Japan built this shrine as a token of his gratitude to the god who handed over his territory in Izumo present Shimane Prefecture. Based on this big shrine, the god in Izumo started to rule over the celestial realms instead of the real world. The true story will be that the Emperor's force built this shrine in order to subside the grudge of the beaten force in this area. The ancient power over this area is supposed to have been considerably strong.
The scale models in the second picture show the main buildings of the well known Shinto shrines in Japan. The left end model is Izumo-taisha, and is found to be far bigger than the others.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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