The ocean draws me like nowhere else. Wherever I go, salty wind, sandy toes, and the scent of seaweed are my home. Ocean folklore kindles my imagination like nothing else.
Earlier this year, I travelled to Mie Prefecture on the east coast of Japan. It is a reserved, quaint place where the ocean’s influence is inescapable. Here is the city of Ise, home to the most sacred Shinto shrine, and the Ise-Shima Peninsula, which is famous for the ama divers and abalone.
During my trip, I learned stories of sea demons, underwater dragon palaces, and the Sun Goddess Amaterasu. I also got off the beaten track and visited a community of ama divers and a sea folklore museum, which was a fascinating and poignant experience.
The article I wrote about my time in Mie and Japanese ocean folklore is published HERE on #FolkloreThursday.
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