#244 Izumo Taisha

Izumo Taisha is one of the oldest and most important shrines in Japan.

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It’s located in Izumo, in sleepy Shimane prefecture.

Traditionally, the gods gather at Izumo Shrine in October to discuss the upcoming year’s marriages, deaths and births and other human-y things.

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So, people in the Izumo area call October kamiarizuki/“the month with gods”.
The rest of Japan calls October kannazuki’/“the month without gods”.

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