Amano-Yasugawara, sacred places for 8 million gods of Japan
In Takachiho, Miyazaki, there's a place called Amano-yasugawara, where gods from all over the world gathered and discussed how to bring the Sun back.
Read on for detail.
Ama-no-Iwato (ja:天岩戸) literally means "The cave of the sun god" of "heavenly rock cave". In Japanese mythology, Susanoo, the Japanese god of the seas, was the one who drove Amaterasu into Ame-no-Iwato. This caused the sun to hide for a long period of time.
In order to get Amaterasu out of the cave the other gods threw a party outside. When she heard the noise she got curious and peeked but got blinded by the mirror Yata no Kagami and so she thought they where celebrating the arrival of an even greater and brighter goddess than herself. Though in reality it was her own mirror image. Then Tajikarao forced the cave to open up the rest and the world was bathed in light once again. As Amaterasu stepped out of the cave a holy seal was applied to it so that she couldn't go back into hiding.
In the old saying, the gods had gathered and planned this trick at Amanoyasugawara, near Amano-Iwato. Let us introduce from Amano-Iwato.
Amano-Iwato Shrine has two shrines in east and west. This is the eastern one.
Ame-no-uzume, who danced outside Amano-Iwato to lure Amaterasu out.
Here's the video
Another torii in front of the shrine
Chozu, purifying place
Nanahon-sugi(Seven cedars), over 600 years old.
A sacred well
Ogatama tree, which Ame-no-uzume said to dance with.
Entrance of western shrine
Amaterasu Omikami, means "the great god who shine whole sky"
Sacred mirror was settled in the shrine.
Sacred stage next to the main building.
Old tree of gingko
Road to Amanoyasugawara begins here.
About 10 minutes walk on manless road
A road sign pointing Amano-yasugawara
Walking along the river.
Small torii and shrine
Yaoyorozu no Kami, "8 million gods" or just "a number of god", were honored here.
It is said this pile of stones make your wish come true.
How could they done this?
So many wishes around here.
Such a silent, mysterious place.
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