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72.Horaijima Island

Horaijima Island

Island that floats in Otsuchi Bay big

In model of that "unexpectedly gourd Island?"

Of NHK puppet play "unexpectedly gourd Island" which is broadcasted for five years from 1964 (Showa 39), and is still loved by many fans one of model and Horaijima Island which is done. Located within Otsuchi Bay is a small floating island around 200 meters in diameter created from the same white granite rocks, dating back to the Mesozoic era in the Cretaceous period, that form the capes and cliffs found in its surroundings.
There was serious injury of earthquake disaster, but, in wife of chief zen-priest Shrine who collected faith of symbolic lighthouse and sea, was restored as symbol of town got close to widely.
In March, 2018 (Heisei 30), "the Great East Japan Earthquake massive tsunami monument" is erected on hill of red Hamachi ward, "urgent notice! The lyrics of "gourd island were carved with with lesson, we evacuated to hill if earthquake occurred unexpectedly", too. It may be said that Horaijima Island which put hope on one paragraph of the lyrics is symbolic existence of Otsuchi-cho.

Horaijima Island which floats in Otsuchi Bay big

The Great East Japan Earthquake massive tsunami monument (red Hamachi ward)


See the detailed site on this Geosite
  • Iwate Tourism Portal Site - Trip in Iwate (Horaijima Island)