Okinoshima, situated midway in between the south-western primary island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, is the home of a 17th century shrine
A spiritual island in south-westJapanthat prohibits females and where male visitors need to remove naked prior to going ashore has actually been stated aUnescoworld heritage website.
Okinoshima, situated midway in between the south-western primary island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, was as soon as the website of routines to wish maritime security and a centre for relations with China and Korea that extend back as far as the 4th century.
The 700-square-metre island, together with 3 neighboring reefs and 4 other associated websites were offered world heritage status at the UN bodys yearly top in Krakow, Polonia, at the weekend, bringing the variety ofJapanese cultural and natural websiteson the list to 21.
Priests from Munakata Taisha, a group of Shinto shrines, remain in concept allowed to take a trip to praise at the islands 17th century shrine, Okitsu.
en adición, as much as 200 males are enabled to go to just when a year, en 27 Mayo, to honour sailors who passed away in a close-by marine fight throughout the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese war.
Before they go ashore, they need to observe centuries-old routines, consisting of eliminating their clothing and going throughmisogibathing naked in the sea to rid themselves of pollutants. They are forbidden from taking house keepsakes, consisting of little items such branches, pebbles and blades of yard, inning accordance with the islands sitio .