Izumo fudoki

With the Izumo fudoki, an ancient record of the features of Izumo, have a close look at life with its backgrounds in ancient times. Also explore the ancient culture that has been passed down to date.

(1)On the Izumo fudoki
(2)People gathering at a market(in the 8th century)
(3)Life in the 8th century
(4)Looking for echos of the fudoki in modern times

 

(1)On the Izumo fudoki

In addition to the myths themselves, there is some additional important information giving glimpses of ancient life including commerce in the Izumo fudoki. In doing so, appreciate what a valuable historical source the Izumo fudoki is today.

A manuscript of the Izumo fudoki
A manuscript of the Izumo fudoki
Pottery with inscriptions ‘Ou’ in black ink(an excavation from the former Izumo local government site)
Pottery with inscriptions ‘Ou’ in black ink(an excavation from the former Izumo local government site)

(2)People gathering at a market(in the 8th century)

The market was a place where various people and things came and went. Take a look at the microcosm of society where a market was, and get closer to the commerce and everyday life of that time.

 
Model of the market in Asakumi
Model of the market in Asakumi
 

(3)Life in the 8th century

Ancient life is introduced with some models which show the commerce, living conditions, diet, and what people did to amuse themselves at that time based on the Izumo fudoki.

Model of a Fudoki Period village
Model of a Fudoki Period village
Model of Sue pottery kilns and surrounding area
Model of Sue pottery kilns and surrounding area

(4)Looking for echos of the fudoki in modern times

With a display of modern photos and everyday implements that remain in use today in some areas, look for the ancient culture which still exists in Japanese life. The fact that landscape, natural environment, and local characteristics still remain in the Izumo province largely unchanged from the fudoki period is revealed by the Asakumi area case.

 
Sorikobune, or an ancient boat with a curved bow, and fishing tackle
Sorikobune, or an ancient boat with a curved bow, and fishing tackle
 
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
99-4 Kitsuki-Higashi, Taisha, Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture, 699-0701 JAPAN
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