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Inasa no hama – Where 8 million gods arrive through.2013.12.09

Inasa no hama beach is ten minutes walk from Izumo Taisha in Shimane prefecture, the west part of Japan. You may have heard Izumo Taisha as it is one of the most ancient and important Shinto shines in Japan. There is a short stretch of beach, and a huge rock in the water with a ‘torii’ – a traditional gate for Shinto shrine – on top of it. As with Izumo Shrine, Inasa no hama beach is to be one of the stages of Japanese oldest mythology.

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I am not going into the detail of the myths as it can be easily searched online if you are interested. The other reason why the beach is famous is because it is said that eight million gods of Japan leave their shrines to congregate annually at Izumo Taisha through this beach. The gathering of the gods occurs during the 10th month of the lunar calendar, which usually ends up being in November according to the Gregorian calendar.

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Whilst Isumo Taisha is famous for a shrine that is dedicated to love and relationships, it is said that Inasa no hama also have a strong healing power for people who are stressed and tired.

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