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About Okunomichi

Okunomichi represents a group of seekers of sacred wisdom of the East. We are focusing primarily on the wisdom of ancient Japan, when there was not even a nation by that name. Yet, over a long period of time, an advanced civilization grew and developed high levels of understanding of the universe and how to live in harmony. This knowledge, these teachings, have been hard to discover for us in the West. We are finding them, and we are sharing them, with you.

Summer Solstice 2018

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Kazuo Sugisaka made this report on this year’s summer solstice at Kanayama Megaliths. He arrived there a day early, June 20, and it was rainy all day. The next day, summer solstice day, it was cloudy during the morning and it seemed doubtful that the sun would come out. Fortunately, it turned sunny during the afternoon, and by sunset the sun could be seen sinking between two megaliths at Senkoku-ishi site. Summer solstice is a marker date on the Kanayama Solar Calendar. It marks the beginning of the 60-day late summer period.

Last year, we noticed a rather unusual flower blooming amongst the megaliths. This year, Sugisaka-san took this photo. It was identified as Cyrtosia septentrionalis, called tuchiakebi in Japanese. It is a member of the Orchidaceae family.

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Jomon North Star in Summer

 

June 9, 2018 8:55 pm

What is the difference between the illustration on the left and that on the right? They both show the Big Dipper revolving around the North Pole as seen from Stone J at the Kanayama Megaliths.

The answer is:  the left illustrates the revolution of the Big Dipper in modern times; the right is how it looked to the Jomonese 5,000 years ago when the Kanayama Megaliths were young. The Big Dipper is now further away from the North Pole than it was during Jomon times.

This is part of the post, http://blog.livedoor.jp/kanayama_tour-kanayamamegaliths . This summer, from around 8 pm, we can see the North Pole star from J-stone at Kanayama Megaliths.

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The current North Star is the Polaris star which is the alpha star in Ursa Minor. Stars around it rotate around this star. The photo above shows the stars visible to the naked eye. It is rather faint to see due in part to noise suppression in the digital camera. This was taken from our research center tonight. Big Dipper is in the upper left. The two stars in the bowl point to the North Star. Near the bottom right is the North Star.  In the northern sky, the stars rotate around this North Star. The Big Dipper also rotates a lot in the sky.

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Above is the same image with constellation lines drawn in to help your visualization. The arc is part of the circle of the precessional path. Note how close the Big Dipper is to Thuban, the Pole Star of the Jomon.

Upper left:  Big Dipper in Ursa Major.   Center red arrow:  Thuban in Draco.   Purple:  Polaris in Ursa Minor

The Pole Star now is Polaris, one of the stars of Ursa Minor. During the Jomon period, the Pole Star was Thuban, Alpha Draconis. The reason for the change: precession.  In the image below, Kochab has been added in yellow. Kochab is the brightest star in bowl of Little Dipper, slighter fainter than Polaris.

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Compare the rotation of the Big Dipper centered on the current Polaris star, and the rotation centered on pole star Thuban around 2500 BCE. Thuban, the pole star of the past, was much closer to the Big Dipper compared to the present, and the range of rotation is narrow. 

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Okuhida Sake Wins Gold Prize!

Daiginjo

On May 17, 2018 the Zenkoku Shinshu Kanpyōkai (National Research Institute of Brewing) announced at the 2018 Annual Japan Sake Awards that Okuhida’s daiginjo, shown above, won a gold prize. You will be able to purchase this wonderful sake, Kinshō Jyushōshu, beginning June 20. Okuhida’s website is here.

You can find our reports on their other products by using our search box on the right and entering “Okuhida”.

 

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Hida Kanayama Tourist Association

 

Photo credit: Hida Kanayama Tourist Association

For those of you who are interested in learning more about the 金山巨石群 Kanayama Megaliths and about visiting 飛騨金山 Hida Kanayama, we would like to recommend that you visit this website. It is the official website of the Hida Kanayama Tourist Association. It is full of photos, events, what to do, and how to get there. However, it is entirely in Japanese (at this time). If you do not read Japanese, we recommend that you use the Google Chrome browser and opt for a translation into your language of choice. While the automatic translation is not ideal (for example, it will give you for 金山, the word ‘Jinshan’ instead of ‘Kanayama’), it will give you general information.

You can check some of the details against our own posts about visiting Kanayama here, here, and here. On this Iwakage blogsite, we have much of the same important information, provided by the Hida Kanayama Tourist Association.

We ourselves have been searching the Internet for sources of information about Kanayama. What we have learned is that there are other places called Kanayama. Therefore, to zero in on the place where the Kanayama Megaliths are located, please use the term ‘Hidakanayama‘. It is also useful to know that Hida Kanayama is part of Gero-shi (City of Gero) in Gifu-ken (Gifu Prefecture).

Weather at Hida Kanayama Train Station can be found here.

The Kanayama Megaliths Research Center and the Hida Kanayama Tourist Association are gearing up to welcome international visitors.

ようこそ!

Welcome!

 

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Order Kanayama Megaliths Guidebook Online

日本初!古代太陽暦の証を発見 金山巨石群「縄文」太陽観測ガイド

日本初!古代太陽暦の証を発見
金山巨石群の「縄文」太陽観測ガイド
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A4判/72ページ・フルカラー/定価(本体1,200円+税)

古代史・天文学の常識を覆す金字塔!
驚異的な記録の集大成
「縄文人も太陽暦を使っていた。」
ストーンヘンジやピラミッドに比する
古代遺跡が飛騨の山中にあった!
夏至や冬至はもちろん、閏年まで
観測してたことを証明する「金山巨石群」。
その全貌を明かした初めてのガイドブック。

The Guidebook of the Kanayama Megaliths was published by the Kanayama Megaliths Research Center. Copies can be ordered directly from the Research Center. The online shop can be linked here.  This linked page is in Japanese, and orders can only be shipped to addresses in Japan at this time. If you are an overseas customer and would like to inquire about placing a large order, you will find contact information at the bottom of the online shop page.

 

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60 Days Before the Summer Solstice

From Friday, April 20th to Sunday 22nd, 2018
The above photo of the whole area, showing the Iwaya-Iwakage cluster on the left and the simulator building and the Senkoku-ishi grouping on the right, was taken from Highway 86 early in the morning of April 20.  Kanayama Megaliths blog has posted a new report dated April 26, 2018.   It is about the observation of 60 days before the summer solstice in the solar calendar of the Kanayama megaliths. It is the sunlight observation that tells the beginning of summer at the April 22 milestone date of the Kanayama Six-Season calendar.
At 6: 54 in the morning, light begins to stream from the top mountain. Summer observation is mainly at Senkoku-ishi. Looking at the position where the sun rises from the megalith, we see the sun just ascending from the mountain in the east at the Higashinoyama group. Now it’s past seven, and the light begins to reach Iwaya-Iwakage which is located somewhat higher than the Senkoku-ishi.
Then light begins to penetrate into the grotto of Senkoku-ishi. Around 7 a.m., sunight starts to shine on every single megalith. Although it starts out rather chilly, when the sun comes out, we feel the air of summer already.
Today Kobayashi-san is here, and there is a television interview going on. Kobayashi-san is standing in front of the shadow on Senkoku-ishi. this shadow is cast by the megalith in the lower right photo, below, on the morning of April 22.
As the sun rises higher, the grotto is illuminated, and the triangular face is very bright. On May 21, this face will be adorned with dashes of sunlight.
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Leap-year Observation Spotlight of February 27 and 28

金山巨石群 閏年観測のスポット光

Kanayama Megaliths Leap-year Observation Spotlight of February 27 and 28

The topic of this post at the Kanayama blogsite is the leap-year observation at Stone b  in Iwaya-Iwakage. It takes place on 10/14 and 10/15 and is repeated on 2/27 and 2/28.   The photos for 2/27 and 2/28, when the light returns to the stone, are shown .

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Of further interest is the ongoing study of the 128-year leap-year cycle. The  measurement of 6 cm was recorded. 

52 years have elapsed in the current 128-year cycle of the Kanayama Megaliths calendar. It will next be revised around the year 2094, 76 years from now. We consider the position of the light (in the photo) is as expected. This is in accordance with the theory described in the Guidebook, page 66, as shown at the top of this page.

The post’s concluding remarks were:

Although it is still cold this year, since the sun is steadily heading for spring, there is nothing to worry about. People in the Jomon period must have grasped the changing period of vegetation as well. Nevertheless, their power to build such a calendar building is great ….

 

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