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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...

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In the last days of the Edo period, at the beginning of the 19th century, the number of castles with a full-scale donjon what is called ‘tenshukaku’ was about 70 across Japan. Unfortunately, many of them were intentionally destroyed when Japan’s modernization was ongoing, and were reduced to ashes during the second World War. Only 12 original tenshukakus have survived this tragic drama. Matsue Castle in the picture,...

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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 exterior 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 motorization. Not...

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