Izumo Hopes New English Website Will Woo More Foreign Tourists

Izumo hopes new English website will woo more foreign tourists

IZUMO, Shimane Prefecture--It's "the land of the gods," and home to Izumo Taisha shrine, where all Japan's deities are said to assemble each October, but this city still isn't on the radar for most foreign tourists.

To convey the charms of the city connected to a myriad of myths and legends, Izumo's city government created "Ancient Japan, Izumo," its first English-language website, and enlisted two foreigners to write for it.

Iwaya Inspects Izumo, Stresses Defense Purpose

Iwaya inspects Izumo, stresses defense purpose

Japan's Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya has inspected the destroyer Izumo, which is slated to be given the de-facto functions of an aircraft carrier under the country's new defense program guidelines.

Japan's government on Tuesday adopted the guidelines, which focus on the defense of regional waters and which express strong concern over China's growing maritime presence.

Princess Noriko Marries Son Of Izumo-taisha Chief Priest

Princess Noriko marries son of Izumo-taisha chief priestPrincess Noriko, a daughter of Emperor Akihito's late cousin Prince Takamado, on Sunday married Kunimaro Senge, the eldest son of the chief priest of Izumo Taisha, a Shinto shrine in Shimane Prefecture, giving up her imperial family member status.