Archive for July, 2012

Yaegaki-jinja (八重垣神社) is a shrine dedicated to the the god Susanoo and his bride, the princess Kushinada, and it is said that the main shrine building is located on the site where Susanoo built the house that he and his bride lived in.  Yaegaki Shrine is an 縁結び (enmusubi) shrine, that is, a shrine dedicated […]


Shimane Prefecture, the second least-populous prefecture in Japan, is known as the home of the gods.  ‘Shimane’ (島根) — literally means “island root,” a name that attests to the prefecture’s mythical status as the Japanese nation’s site of origin.  According to the Kojiki (“Record of Ancient Matters”), Japan’s oldest collection of myths and legends, the […]