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HILLMAN ASIA ADVENTURE 2018
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JAPAN DAY THREE
18: OMI-HACHIMAN CITY
and ATSUTA SHRINE
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The historical flavor of the area remains in Omi-Hachiman where groups of Japanís important traditional buildings are preserved, making them excellent places for a stroll. The architectural works of Vories erected in the early 20th century are an important feature of the town. 

The Omihachiman Riverside District was selected as the most prestigious Important Cultural Landscape established in 2006, and is often used as a location for movies and TV dramas.

A boat trip on the area's canals would have given us some great views of cherry blossoms, white plastered walls of the storehouses and the nostalgic townscape would have made our visit worthwhile. For some reason our guide apparently had run out of time and we moved on.


Atsuta Shrine is a Shinto shrine traditionally believed to have been established during the reign of Emperor KeikO (71-130) located in Atsuta-ku, Nagoya.

 Atsuta Shrine was founded to house the Kusanagi no Tsurugi, the ancient sword that is considered one of the Three Sacred Treasures of Japan. This unique object has represented the authority and stature of Japan's emperors since time immemorial.

During the bombings of World War II, many of Atsuta Shrine's buildings were destroyed by fire. The shrine's main buildings, such as the honden, were reconstructed and completed in 1955. Following the completion of these buildings, construction of other buildings continued on the shrine grounds. In 1966 the Treasure Hall was completed in order to house the shrine's collection of objects, manuscripts and documents.

The shrine's Bunkaden, or treasure hall, houses over 4,000 relics, which include 174 Important Cultural Properties and a dagger that is a designated National Treasure of Japan. Atsuta Jingu Museum preserves and displays a variety of historic material, including the koshinpo (sacred garments, furniture and utensils for use of the enshrined deities). A number of donated swords, mirrors and other objects are held by the shrine, including Bugaku masks and other material associated with ancient court dances. The Bunkaden collection ranges from ancient documents to household articles. Aichi Prefecture has designated 174 items as important cultural assets. Unfortunately, all we saw were a few chickens roosting in the trees.

OMI-HACHIMAN CITY


 


 

 
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ATSUTA SHRINE: AFTER SUNSET
Late Arrival


Chickens roosting in the trees
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A Late Supper
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