Aoshima Shrine's precincts cover the entire area of Aoshima Island in Miyazaki City, which has long been revered as a sacred place and was forbidden to visitors until 1737. According to the legend passed down at the shrine, it is said that the grandfather of the Emperor Jinmu, the first Emperor of Japan based on a myth, built a small shrine here around 600 B.C. Because of this exceptional history, the shrine has been periodically restored and the precincts of the shrine have been preserved by the local authorities since long ago. The main shrine building in the first photo was rebuilt after it was completely destroyed by fire in 1974. The second photo shows Moto-Miya meaning the original shrine, which stands at the place where the first small shrine building is supposed to have been built around 600 B.C. The grandfather of the Emperor Jinmu, who is said to be the founder of the shrine, is commonly known by the name of Yamasachihiko from a well-known Japanese myth Yamasachihiko and Umisachihiko. This story is thought to be a mythologization of the historical fact that the emperor's force based in the Nara Basin, present Nara Prefecture, conquered the Hayato, a force based in present-day Kagoshima Prefecture, in the process of unifying the whole country.
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