Where was I? Oh I was visiting Izumo shrine with hubby and some friends.
Not far from Izumo shrine, about 10 - 15 minute walk, there's a museum called Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo which displaysa great number of ancient artefacts such as the remains of the early Izumo Taisha's giant stairway pillars including the largest collection of excavated bronze swords and bells in Japan. The museum also houses Japan's only complete version of the Izumo no Kuni Fudoki (Ancient Chronicles of Izumo).
Archaeologists and historians have been trying to figure out what the early Izumo Taisha may have looked like. They came out with several ideas. These are the miniatures of the probable early Izumo Taisha.
This figure depicts how people of the ancient Izumo were dressed. This could have been the village chief or something. Somehow he reminds me of the Native Indians in America. What do you think?
After this museum, I visited several more places. To be continued.. :)