Fuji Dream Airlines announces Nagoya-Izumo route

Business / Corporate Jan 19, 2015

Fuji Dream Airlines announces Nagoya-Izumo route

Fuji Dream Airlines Co. is set to launch a route from Nagoya to Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, to meet an expected increase in the number of tourists to Izumo Taisha, one of the nation's oldest and most revered Shinto shrines. The new route was announced on ...

Night train to Shimane's land of the gods

Travel Dec 13, 2014

Night train to Shimane's land of the gods

by Davey Young

The 10th month of the lunar calendar is known throughout most of Japan as Kannazuki, or the "month of no gods." During this time, Okuninushi, the kami (Shinto god) enshrined at the renowned Izumo Taisha shrine, summons myriad deities to decide the fate of ...

Shimane mascot boasts rice paddy art

National Aug 20, 2014

Shimane mascot boasts rice paddy art

While there are many "yuru-kyara" mascots created to promote prefectures and municipalities nationwide, the one for Shimane Prefecture has grabbed public attention as rice-paddy art. Shimanekko, a cat mascot with the roof of the renowned Izumo Taisha shrine on top of its head, has been ...

Kagoshima and Hokkaido cities marry their foods

National Feb 19, 2014

Kagoshima and Hokkaido cities marry their foods

No shotgun necessary. In a friendly "arranged marriage," two cities — Makurazaki in Kagoshima Prefecture and Wakkanai in Hokkaido — united their local delicacies in a Shinto-style wedding ceremony at Izumo Shrine in Shimane Prefecture Wednesday. The union of dried kelp ("rishiri kombu") harvested from ...

Izumo: The myths and gods of Japan's history

Art Aug 16, 2012

Izumo: The myths and gods of Japan's history

by Sachiko Tamashige

"Shinkoku is the sacred name of Japan — Shinkoku, 'The Country of the Gods'; and of all Shinkoku the most holy ground is the land of Izumo," wrote Lafcadio Hearn more than 100 years ago in his book "Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan." For Hearn, ...

Shimane jobless find work peddling Velotaxis

Business Aug 28, 2009

Shimane jobless find work peddling Velotaxis

MATSUE, Shimane Pref. (Kyodo) Jobless people from all walks of life are finding work as drivers of Velotaxis, the pedal-driven vehicles popular in the sightseeing spots of Shimane Prefecture. Linus-One, a Velotaxi operator in Ohda, has eight drivers, half of them in their 40s and ...