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Awaji, Sumoto and Minami-awaji, Hyogo Prefecture“Awaji - the island of Kuni-umi (a myth of the birth of Japan)” described in the first part of “Kojiki”
〜Work of fishermen who supported ancient Japan〜

Naruto Strait and its whirlpool current

Naruto Strait and its whirlpool current

Summary

A myth about the birth of Japan” described in the first part of “Kojiki,” the nation’s oldest history book. The special island first to be born in this creation myth is “Awaji.”
 Behind the story there were “Ama,” fishermen who brought metal artifacts technology, which marked the beginning of a new age, and then supported the dynasty in the Kinai region and people’s life in the capital city by producing salt and high-level sailing skills.
The largest island in the Inland Sea, located in front of the Kinai region, exhibits the history of “Ama,” who supported the major part of the ancient state during its formation stage.

Cultural properties

  • Gossakaito remains
    Gossakaito remains
    Gossakaito remains
  • Matsuho dotaku (bronze bell)
    Matsuho dotaku (bronze bell)
    Matsuho dotaku (bronze bell)
  • Okinoshima tumulus group
    Okinoshima tumulus group
    Okinoshima tumulus group
  • Awaji ningyogoruri (Japanese puppet show)
    Awaji ningyogoruri (Japanese puppet show)
    Awaji ningyogoruri (Japanese puppet show)

Map of cultural properties