Graffiti vandals deface 11 shrines in Awaji

Kyodo

Eleven shrines in Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture, were hit by graffiti vandals from Tuesday to Wednesday and police suspect the same party was behind each case.

The Awaji Police Department said the graffiti were first discovered at Izanagi Jingu Shrine on Tuesday afternoon. The daily Asahi Shimbun reported that a shinto priest noticed two kanji scribbles in red ink on a wall of a shrine structure.

On Wednesday, graffiti were also found at 10 other shrines in the island city, according the police.

Izanagi Jingu Shrine is believed to enshrine Izanagi and Izanami, a divine couple that appear in Japanese mythology.

In Sumoto, which is also on Awajishima Island, graffiti were found in a shrine in April and the police are trying to confirm whether the vandalism was connected with that found in the city of Awaji.