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2012

Vol.14 Toward an Island-wide Museum: The Challenge of the Awajishima Art Center
Vol.14 Toward an Island-wide Museum: The Challenge of the Awajishima Art Center
Bisected by the Kobe-Awaji-Naruto Expressway, which connects Honshu and Shikoku, Awaji Island (Hyogo Prefecture), the largest island in the Seto Inland Sea, is divided into three cities: Awaji, Sumoto, and Minami-Awaji. According to the Kojiki and the Nihon shoki, the deities Izanagi-no-mikoto and Izanami-no-mikoto stood on a "floating bridge of heaven" and stirred the blue waters of the sea with a "heavenly jeweled spear." When they lifted the spear, drops of salty water fell from its tip and solidified into an island. The deities descended onto the island, known as Onokoro-jima, and after taking a vow of marriage, began to create a country. The first thing they made was Awaji, and then after creating a number of other islands, they had completed the nation of Japan. As 2012 marks the 1,300th anniversary of the Kojiki, a number of classes and other events dealing with this creation myth are scheduled on Awaji.
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