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野崎家旧宅 Nozakike-kyutaku The Old Residence of the Nozaki Family

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Since ancient times, the salt industry thrived in Kojima, in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture. It is recorded on a wooden strip of the Heijō Palace that salt was already being produced in the Nara period.

Larger salt farms developed in the Edo period. Nozaki Buzaemon from Kurashiki greatly contributed to the development of salt manufacturing at this time. Nozaki came to be called the 'salt magnate' and in 1833 he made a grand home for his family. The total area of the family residence is about 9900㎡ and includes several storehouses constructed around a main building.

In 1977, buildings such as Omote-shoin, Nagayamon and Onarimon were designated as important cultural assets of Okayama Prefecture. Tearooms are constructed here and there in the garden, adding various ways to view the four seasons. The storehouse is now used to display a history of the salt industry and includes records of salt farming with tools and clothing that were actually used by the Nozaki family.
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奥能登塩田村 Okunoto-endenmura Oku-Noto Salt Pan Village

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Oku-Noto Salt Pan Village is a facility for experiencing salt-production and a museum with exhibits describing the relation of the Noto people to salt.

Because Japan is surrounded by sea, techniques for extracting salt from sea water developed. Most settlements near the sea had salt-extracting facilities.

Salt-extraction techniques can be divided into two main regional types: 'agehama' and 'irihama'. Along the coasts of Noto Peninsula, salt was produced using the agehama technique. For example, in the town of Suzu, where Oku-Noto Salt Pan Village is located, the 500-year-old agehama technique is still used.

In the agehama technique, you draw sea water into a pail and sprinkle it on the sand many times, then let it dry under the sun. The salt itself is tasty and rich in minerals. Not only that but if you use it in cooking, it will make the food tastier.

At Oku-Noto Salt Pan Village, you can experience this traditional salt-production method and make your own original salt. The experience is available from May to September.
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二見興玉神社 Futami-okitama-Jinjya Futamiokitama Jinja

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Futamiokitama Jinja is a shrine located in Futami, Watarai-gun, Mie Prefecture. It is famous for the Meoto-iwa (Husband and Wife Rock) that is located in front of it on the seashore. The shrine's deities are Sarutahiko and Ukanomitamanokami (also known as Jingu Geku-toyouke-no-okami).

In 1909, Okitama Shrine and Mimiya Shrine (with the deity Ukanomitamanokami) were joined to become the Futamiokitama Jinja. In the past, it was a custom for people to purify themselves at the Futaminoura before paying homage at the Ise-Jingu. Nowadays, that custom has changed, and people now cleanse themselves with purified salt at the Futamiokitama Jinja. People who wish to participate in the 'okihiki' (carrying of building material) and 'oshiraishimochi' (bringing rocks for building) for the rebuilding and repair of the shrine, must, even today, go through a traditional cleansing and purification ritual known as 'hama-sangu'.

Futamiokitama Jinja is a shrine connected to the Ise-Jingu. Besides its remarkable scenery, it holds an enthralling and important place in the history and myths of Japan.
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