Until the Edo Period, this area was abundant with high-quality silver and iron, and although it was very remote, this led to rich cultural traditions developing among the people living here. Even now, there are nearly 100 local groups that perform Iwami Kagura, dances and music that are based on Japanese mythology and are enjoyed by people of all ages. By passing on this culture from generation to generation, a type of animistic way of thinking that places great value on nature was preserved here within the local way of life. In this beautiful town where the homes have been built from the local natural resources of trees and soil, children play in the alleyways and streams, and the elderly smile as they chat. Wouldn’t you like to take a step back in time and visit a world at the edge of mythology?
Shun is from the States and moved to Omori about one year ago. We were lucky to meet such a knowledgeable and professional Tomodachi guide like him. He sincerely contributes to the preservation of the site and to its popularization among foreign tourists. I was impressed by how he could get along well with the local community and touch upon almost all the aspects of its everyday life.