Shimane

Home of many legends with Izumo Taisha, one of the oldest shrines in Japan

Shimane prefecture, in Western Honshu, the main island of Japan, is the home of many legends. Izumo is known as a mythical area as it is said all Gods in Japan gather every October at Izumo Taisha, one of the oldest shrines in Japan. 

Shimane played an important role in Japanese history and it already appeared in Japanese old literatures including the oldest chronicles called “Kojiki.”

Izumo Taisha’s long history is deeply related to Japan’s creation myths.  Although its exact date of establishment is unknown, it existed at least 1,300 years ago as the place is already quoted in “Kojiki”, the oldest Japanese chronicles issued in 8th century.

 

The former silver mine of Iwami Ginzan was one of the world’s main silver mining area during the 17th century. It was registered as World Heritage Site in 2007. 

Shigeru Mizuki, a popular comic writer best known for his series “GeGeGe no Kitaro”, which means spooky Kitaro, grew up in Sakaiminoto city. The city has a Kitaro museum and a half mile sidewalk with 177 types of blonds statues of traditional Japanese ghouls from his comic books.

Shijimijiru - soup with shijimi clam from a famour lake, Shinjiko Lake

Maitake gohan- mixed rice with maitake mushrooms and vegetables. Maitake is called king of mushrooms due to its strong smell.

Unnan no Yakisaba - grilled mackerel popular in the Unnan area. Due to its geographical location surrounded by mountains, it is hard to get fresh fish in Unnan. Mackerel was grilled in Unnan and sent to area further in mountains.

Production of Izumo stone lanterns started around 8th century. It is widely appreciated for traditional Japanese gardens as mosses grow quickly on stones from Kimachi area used for the lanterns. Iwami ware is a type of pottery made in Gotsu city in Shimane.

Its technique was said to be brought by a Korean potter around 17th century and it is particularly known for large water jugs. 

 

Dolls used for Iwami Kagura, a local traditional dance that features Japanese myths, is made of Sekishu Washi Paper that is handmade in Iwami area. 

Rose syrup

Okuizumo Rose Garden

Originally developed rose syrup of beautiful color and fragrance

Rose syrup was made from a type of edible rose that was developed by this manufacturer. It has beautiful red color of polyphenols and fragrance and good addition to yogurt, ice cream and smoothies. It can be dressing as well by mixing with vinegar.

Sashimi Soy Sauce

Igeta Shouyu Co., Ltd.

Great combination with Sushi and Sashimi

This soy sauce is made of carefully selected ingredients such as konbu from Hokkaido, and bonito from Makurazaki with pure water in Shimane selected as one of the best water in Japan. It is recommended for sashimi and sushi.

Brown Rice Noodles

Miyauchiya

Connecting local farmers to your dining table

This brown rice noodles were made by only rice grown in a small mountainous town in Shimane prefecture. The rice were carefully made by local farmers without using pesticide and chemical fertilizer. Miyauchiya is committed to connect with local farmer and provide quality foods to you.

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