A regular dog on a regular walk part four, in “Izumo-taisha, Inasanohama, and Sakaiminato”

【 CONTENTS 】Map Izumo Taisha ShrineMap InasanohamaMap Shigeru Mizuki Road We decided to go on a trip to our hometown in Okayama prefecture. Uncle Goro drove the car. At the service area of Daisen, in Tottori prefecture, we encountered a large amount of accumulated snow that could bury us! My usual silly running is in form. A little bit more to the destination. Apparently, uncle Goro can stay and look after the car for us. On the cedar tree, we tie our Omikuji (paper fortunes) that we want to quickly pass by, and on the pine tree, we tie our Omikuji that we want to wait for to get its […]

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We decided to go on a trip to our hometown in Okayama prefecture.

Uncle Goro drove the car.

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At the service area of Daisen, in Tottori prefecture,
we encountered a large amount of accumulated snow that could bury us!

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My usual silly running is in form.

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A little bit more to the destination.
Apparently, uncle Goro can stay and look after the car for us.

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On the cedar tree, we tie our Omikuji (paper fortunes) that we want to quickly pass by, and on the pine tree, we tie our Omikuji that we want to wait for to get its good fortunes.
(*cedar tree= “sugi”in Japanese, so we tie our Omikuji on cedar trees which we hope to “sugi-te-hoshii”(literally, want to pass by).)
(*pine tree= “matsu” in Japanese, so we tie our Omikuji on pine trees which we hope to ”matsu, machitai”(literally, want to wait for). )

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Our Hatsumode (the practice of the first visit of the year to a shrine) is over.

May I, be able to eat lot of food.

May I, be able to go out a lot.

For 2013, these are my secret wishes.

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Continued to Inasanohama famously known for its Kunibiki Shinwa (Land dragging myth).

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This time, I’m in charge of watching after the car.

Then Uncle Goro…

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…got excited and was running freely, frolicking on the beach.

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Apparently, he understands well what Dad and Mom say.

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In Bentenjima, apparently there is “Toyotamahikonomikoto” (An Ancient Japanese prince).
So, we can’t be rude here?

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Lastly we went to Sakaiminato, where all the Japanese “Yokai” (ghosts) gathered.

I’ve been wanted to come here once in my lifetime!

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“I’m scared, I’m scared!”,

said Mom to uncle Goro.

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Uncle Goro was whining.

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We encountered a famous Yokai (ghost) of mouse.

Oh my God,

Oh my Buddha,

Oh my Yokai,

Please spare me my life!

For a change, uncle Goro and I saw eye to eye this time.

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Thank you uncle Goro for a ride to a beautiful Hatsumode.

Take a rest.

This article, “A regular dog on a regular walk” is an Expedition Edition.

●Izumo Taisha Shrine

Shimane prefecture appeared in “Kojiki”, and Izumo-taisha is centered in it. Izumo-taisha is famously known as “Matchmaking” due to the story of “Okuninushi-no-kami”, the enshrined deity that gave a lot of births. Okuninushi-no-kami is not only a god of matchmaking but also “Daikoku-sama”, a god of building nations and “Kunitama”, so he is a very grateful God. Oo-Shimenawa, a big sacred rope which is exhibited in taisha is proud of its size. It weighs 5tons, and is 13m in length. It’s the largest sacred rope in Japan!

Map Izumo Taisha Shrine

島根県出雲市大社町杵築東195

195 Taishachokizukihigashi Izumo, Shimane Pref.

●Inasanohama

It’s a coastland located in south Izumo-taisha known as the myths of Kuniyuzuri (transfer of the land) and Kunibiki Shinwa.
It’s the place where all “Kami”(gods) set their foot one after another on the 10th of October according to an old calendar.
This season is called “Kannazuki” (literally, a month when no deities are around) all over Japan, but here people who call it “Kamiarizuki” (literally, a month when deities are around), which is also famously known.

Map Inasanohama

島根県出雲市大社町杵築北2844-73

2884-73, Taishachokizukikita, Izumo city, Shimane Pref.

●Shigeru Mizuki Road

Map Shigeru Mizuki Road

鳥取県境港市松ケ枝町

Matsugaeda, Sakaiminato-city, Tottori Pref.

【writer Kokokashiko】

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