Okinoshima, Japanese sacred island, in UNESCO world heritage listing

by Travel | 10-07-2017 | 5571 views

Tokyo :  A sacred island named Okinoshima, located midway between the south-western main island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, that bans women and where male visitors must strip naked before going ashore has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. It was once the site of rituals to pray for maritime safety and a centre for relations with China and Korea that stretch back as far as the fourth century.

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The 700 sq.m island, along with three nearby reefs and four other related sites were given world heritage status at the UN body's annual summit in Krakow, Poland, at the weekend, bringing the number of Japanese cultural and natural sites on the list to 21. 

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