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When you get off the boat, you will notice that the time peculiar to the island is passing.

Oshima, which floats about 1.5km northeast of the city, is said to be the birthplace of Yoshihiro Murakami, who was the head of the Iyo Suigun, with a circumference of 9.8km, and the remains of the Iyo Suigun still remain.

Oshima map

Oshima was one of the bases of the Iyo Suigun because it was a key point for maritime transportation.
It is also said to be the birthplace of Yoshihiro Murakami, the first head of the Iyo Suigun.
On the south side of the island, there are the remains of Honmaru and Ninomaru, which were built by Yoshihiro during the Northern and Southern Dynasties. There are also many remains. There are many place names that are reminiscent of those days, such as "Akebi", which is a fried signal of "Sail stand" that sent a signal to friends.

Oshima has "Okurigana" that has been passed down since the Heian period. Collect the shimenawa and kadomatsu used in the New Year, make a "toudo" with a height of 10 m, bake mochi with the embers that are set on fire in the early morning of Coming-of-Age Day, take it home and eat it as a zenzai. The year is believed to be disease-free. (Designated as an intangible cultural property of the city)

Many dwellings are concentrated on the south side of the island. The Showa era remains as it is, and I miss it somewhere.
"Oshima Cycling", which slowly rides a bicycle through Oshima, is popular these days. Start from the east coast of the island. The flat coastal street continues for a while. As you approach the north side, you will suddenly climb uphill and be surrounded by the atmosphere of running through the forest. The sandy beach that was opened on the way is Waidahama. From here, the uphill slope becomes steep, but when you finish climbing, you will find the orange house, a rest facility. If you make a reservation, you can stay and eat. This area is the place where you can overlook the No. 1 Yan Nada on the island. The rest is a 6km course that goes down all at once.

Oshima "Phantom sweet potato" There is "white potato" which is said to not grow in other places due to the terraced fields of the island and the sea breeze in Setouchi. The harvest is extremely low, the sugar content is higher than that of ordinary sweet potatoes, and it is called the phantom white potato. Currently, it is processed into cookies, print tarts, sheep sac and shochu and sold at shops in the city.

Toudookuri

The Toudobayashi, which is held every year on Coming-of-Age Day, can also be found in fishing villages in the Toyo region, but only Oshima is interesting in the old-fashioned manner.
On New Year 3rd, we will combine Kadomatsu, Sasa, and Shimenawa collected by the boys in the village to make two large and small "Toudo" in each district. And around 3 am on Coming-of-Age Day, five districts compete to burn the fire.
The sight of burning brightly in the dark night is truly spectacular.

Navy island

Oshima has been a transportation hub since ancient times, and the sea has been a stepping stone for its development. That is why Oshima was one of the bases of the Navy.
It is said that the boat hiding is one of them and the warship is hidden.
There are still remains that are reminiscent of the past, such as the remains of the main enclosure and the remains of the Ninomaru, as well as the remains of the boat pit (shipyard), the remains of the warriors, and the remains of trenches.

Gyogyo-ji Temple

The only temple of the Jodo sect in the city, the principal image (Amitabha), which is said to have been made by the Kei school around 1250 AD, is spectacular. (Left photo)
This Amida Nyorai avoided the war in Kyoto, and a monk escaped to the Uma group and enshrined it, but he was impressed that the paradise of the scriptures was Oshima, and built Gyogyo-ji Temple (1573). It is reported that.
The temple is also famous for its [ghost sleeve] (pictured right).
It is said that the mother who left her little beloved daughter became a dead soul and appeared to her child, leaving her one sleeve to the daughter who was crying for her mother. After that, the daughter became a nun at Gyogyo-ji Temple and is said to have mourned her mother's bodhi.
If you would like to see [Ghost's Sleeve], please make a phone reservation at least one week in advance.

Municipal ferry between Oshima and Kuroshima

The municipal ferry, which connects Oshima to Kurobori for about 2.5km (15 minutes), is one of the few municipal ferries in Japan that is an indispensable living road for Oshima residents. 15 round trips a day at a low rate.

For information on seafarers, please see this website, "Marine Ships Section". ⇒ http://www.city.niihama.lg.jp/soshiki/unyu/

 

Name Oshima
Address Oshima, Niihama City, Ehime Prefecture

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