Japan’s Okinoshima island gains Unesco World Heritage status


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Only 200 visitors are authorised any year

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

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

Before environment feet on a island, group contingency take off their garments and bear a clarification ritual.

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

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

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

Other additions to a Unesco list:

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  • Lake District awarded Unesco standing

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

The series of visitors is limited to 200. They contingency perform cleansing rites in a 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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