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Unique Culture of Oki

Unique Culture and Performing Arts

Though culture has been brought from many different places, a unique culture characteristic of remote islands has developed in Oki. As one example, the unique method of ‘winning one match, losing the next’ of Oki Traditional Sumo, reflects the people’s ways of living harmoniously with each other on small islands.

Here are some examples of the unique culture, folklore, and performing arts of the Oki Islands that have since disappeared from elsewhere in Japan.


Mizuwakasu Shrine


Dozen Kagura (Nishinoshima Town)


Oki Traditional Sumo

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