Genre : Other
Area : Omijima & Kayoi Area
400 years ago, in the Edo Period, when Nagato and the surrounding lands were part of a small kingdom called Choshu, whaling with spears and nets was commonly practiced by the local people.
Though whales were often killed for food and resources, the discovery of a whale fetus within the body of a mother inspired great feelings of compassion in the fishermen. In response, they constructed this tomb, where they carefully buried the whale calf and held funeral rites. The whale calf's mortuary tablet and death registry are preserved in Kogan-ji Temple.
Prayers for the whales are held annually in the early spring.
Omijima Island is a part of the Kita-Nagato Kaigan Quasi-National Park, an area protected for its scenic natural beauty.Read more
Omijima Cherry Blossom Country
1,000 cherry trees burst into bloom along this sakura viewing spot.Read more
Omijima Island Republic
The Omijima Island Republic is a cultural and community center built within the former school building of a local elementary school.Read more