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World Heritage Site Women Free Island in Japan

Okinoshima

Women free Island in Japan, name of the Okinoshima a small Island located at the coast of mainland Japan. Now the Island is world heritage site in Japan. On 09 July, 2017, UNESCO announced the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, as part of the World Heritage.

Only men can enter this island in the southwestern in Japan. Woman is not allowed to enter the Island. Originally it was claimed due to ‘sanctity’. A full of natural beauty in the Island has a religious place named Munataka Taisha Okitsumaia which made in honor of the sea goddess on seventeenth century. It was build for the safety of the ship sailors. Various types of religious festivals are celebrated for the safe journey of ship. Only men can attend in this event. There is no woman in the interest of ‘sanctity’ of prayer.

women free island

Okinoshima along with three close reefs and four other related sites were also given world heritage circumstance at the UN body’s annual summit in Krakow, Poland.

The tiny, remote island is a wealth trove of 75,000 offerings to Shinto sea gods from beads to swords. It also facilitated exchanges between Korea and China from the fourth to ninth centuries.

There are more restrictions in this women free Island. Before entering the island, the whole body has to be cleaned by certain rules. Never be told to anyone details of the interior of the island. Visitors can not even come out with a memorial from there. Thousands of artifact brought as gifts from oposite site have been found on the island, including gold rings from the Korean Peninsula. The island now welcomes to visitors on a single day every year. 27th May,  Visitors are welcomed on the island. On that day only 200 visitors to the island can enter the island and of course they all are male.

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