Yesterday. Shimane in one day. No rest for the adventurous……
Edit: okay now that I’ve had time to sleep and process everything, time for some explanations.
Shimane Prefecture is known for Izumo Taisha, a grand shrine dedicated to the god Okuninushi and is the seat of the gods’ meeting for one month of the year.
According to legend, Okuninushi is the deity of good relationships and marriage, a status he achieved after helping out an adorable white bunny with a bad skin condition and winning the hand of the princess of Inaba.
The castle is well worth a visit as it is one of the twelve original castles that have gone through little renovations or alterations.
And lastly, the tree trunk. It saw 320 years of history before being chopped down in 2007.