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Cave of the Bear-People, Kumaso no Ana

Climbing up a steep path in the forests of Kirishima, in the southwestern Japanese prefecture of Kagoshima, one comes upon an amazing cave with an interesting history.

The path to the cave passes through a wooden Torii gate, hung with a shimenawa rope and shide papers, which symbols purify those who enter and signify the entrance to the realm of the divine.



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Diane Neill Tincher

Diane Neill Tincher


Top writer in Travel. I’ve lived in Japan since 1987 & love learning, history, & the beauty of nature. Pls use my link to join Medium: https://bit.ly/3rNvCND