絵島 (E-shima); E island is one of the historical places in Japan.
It is known as the first piece of land, Onogoro island, created in the world by the deities 伊邪那岐; IZANAKI and 伊邪那美; IZANAMI, and they married on the land after the creation according to Japanese myth, Kojiki.
E-shima was once connected to Awaji island, but then separated over time by sea erosion. They are still very close each other and are connected together by bridge. However, the island is restricted to go on to.
The geology of the island is very unique as well.
This sandstone was created 20,000,000 years ago. The iron inside the stratum came out from cranny of the rock and oxidized making a marble-like pattern on the surface. This kind of geology is really one of a kind.
There is shrine on the highest point of the island.
In 12th century, 平清盛; Taira no Kiyomori tried to trade with China, but couldn’t do well because of strong natural forces such as the ocean tide. At this time people thought that the cause of these natural forces were divine.
As a result, an 陰陽師; Onmyoji (a fortune tailor) told Taira no Kiyomori to bury 30 people into the sea as 人柱 (Hitobashira); human sacrifice to appease the god, but one of his servants, 松王丸; Matsuoumaru felt sorry for the people and their families that would be sacrificed so asked Taira no Kiyomori that he wanted to be the human sacrifice instead of the 30 people. Taira no Kiyomori accepted and he buried Matsuoumaru into the sea.
Later, Taira no Kiyomori built a shrine to mourn Matsuoumaru.
Address: Iwaya 884-4, Awaji, Hyogo, Japan