Hi everyone, I am pleased to pass on this information about a newly launched website on Japanese mythology. The website content was created by a former JET still living in Shimane.
INTRODUCING THE JAPAN MYTH EXPO AND JAPANESEMYTHOLOGY.JP!
To celebrate the 1300th anniversary of the Kojiki, the Japan Myth Expo in Shimane, Japan is being held from July 21, 2012 to November 11, 2012. Visitors can enjoy free general admission, although certain areas will require a fee. In the expo, visitors will enjoy exciting
events including theatre performances, exhibitions, walking tours, and mythological gourmet
Additionally, in honor of the Kojiki’s 1300th anniversary we are also proud to launch our website, JapaneseMythology.jp! JapaneseMythology.jp aims to educate the public about the various myths of Japan and about the Kojiki, the oldest chronicle of ancient Japan. Additionally, we also hope to attract visitors to Shimane Prefecture, which is located in the southwest part of Japan, and is home to many of these Japanese myths.
A number of ancient Japanese myths are recorded in the Kojiki, and many historical sites featured in these myths, such as Izumo Taisha, are located in Japan’s Shimane Prefecture. In ancient Japan, people often regarded spirits and natural forces as numerous deities. As one of the most famous Japanese myths dictates, Japanese people believe that all the deities throughout Japan get together and have an annual conference at Izumo Taisha (Izumo Grand Shrine), a historic landmark that is one of the most visited spots in Shimane. Thus, Shimane is considered the land of deities. Although most people consider Kyoto to be the epitome of Japanese ancient history, Shimane is actually older and historically richer than Kyoto.
JapaneseMythology.jp is a great source for those looking to inform themselves further about Japanese culture, as well as people looking for a new, exciting travel destination. On the website you can learn more about the Kojiki, the roots of Kabuki, Izumo Taisha, the creation of sake, and the myths of the Underworld, the slaying of the eight-headed serpent Yamata no
Orochi, the tale of Okuninushi, and Kunibiki, the legend of how the entire Shimane peninsula was formed.
ABOUT THE JAPAN MYTH EXPO
The Japan Myth Expo is an event that allows visitors to learn about the various mythologies of Japan. Through this expo, visitors will be able to experience the culture and history of ancient Japan while exploring the world of Japanese mythology. The expo takes place at the Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, which is located at 99-4 Kizuki-Higashi, Taisha, Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture, 699-0701, and its surrounding areas. More info on the Japan Myth Expo can be found at www.shinwahaku.jp. From its opening on August 20, the expo has seen 200,000 attendees so far.