Tsuruoka's Japan Heritages
Japan Heritage (in Japanese: Nihon-isan 日本遺産) is a new cultural legacy designation system, apart from the already existing National Property designation system, that aims to protect the concepts and stories that are anchored into Japan's history and traditional culture.
There are in total 8 Japan Heritages registered as of February 2021 in the Tohoku Region, and Tsuruoka boasts 3 of them, which are:
Dewa Sanzan's Journey for Rebirth 出羽三山の生まれかわりの旅
Dewa Sanzan, one of the Three Main Sacred Sites of Shugendo in Japan (日本三大修験道), has been existing for more than 1400 years.
The Dewa Sanzan Yamabushi practice has been ongoing for all those centuries without discontinuing.
Everybody is accepted and invited to learn about the essence of Dewa Sanzan's Yamabushi way of thinking: the "uketamo" (ウケタモウ), literally: "I accept".
Accomplishing the pilgrimage of the Three Sacred Mountains of Dewa : Mt. Haguro, Mt. Gassan and Mt. Yudono is said to make the pilgrim access "spiritual rebirth".
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Samurai Silk サムライシルク
The Samurai Silk designates the silk produced in the Shonai region after the Shonai Clan's surrender, an event that marks the end of the Boshin War in 1868 and the new government of the Meiji Period. After the Boshin War, the Shonai Clan, the last to have surrendered to the new government, was considered a renegade. To wash their former clan's honor and prove their value, the former samurais wished to participate in developing the new government's economics by specializing themselves in silk farming. The government allowed them to do so and let them build the Matsugaoka Silk Farms. The samurais controlled every step of the silk production: from silkworm breeding to the final products' manufacture.