Japan’s Okinoshima island gains Unesco World Heritage status


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Only 200 visitors are allowed any year

Japan’s Okinoshima island, an ancient eremite site where women are banned, has been announced a World Heritage site by the UN’s informative physique Unesco.

Okinoshima is home to the Okitsu shrine, built in the 17th century to urge for the reserve of sailors.

Before environment foot on the island, men must take off their garments and bear a clarification ritual.

When they leave they are not allowed to take divided any souvenirs, or divulge sum of their visit.

Long before the tabernacle was built, Okinoshima was used for rituals involving prayers for oceangoing ships and trade ties with Korean and Chinese people, the Japan Times reports.

Thousands of artefacts brought as gifts from abroad have been found on the island, including bullion rings from the Korean Peninsula, it says.

Other additions to the Unesco list:

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The island now welcomes visitors on a singular day every year, 27 May, and ancient manners are still observed.

The series of visitors is limited to 200. They must perform cleansing rites in the sea, and – many controversially – be male.

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The 17th century Okitsu tabernacle was built on a site that has prolonged been used to urge for sailors

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