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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Zenigata Sunae

銭形砂絵

Zenigata Sunae is an Edo Period sand sculpture on the island of Ibukijima in the Inland Sea.

Best seen from the viewing platform on the pine-covered, 60m tall Kotohiki Hill, Zenigata Sunae is built in the shape of a traditional Japanese coin.

Zenigata Sunae

The sand sculpture is 90 meters north to south,  120 meters west to east and 345 meters in circumference.

It was built in 1633 in honor of a visit by Ikoma Takatoshi (1611-1659), the daimyo (feudal lord) of Sanuki (Takamatsu) and the man who began the construction of the beautiful Ritsurin Park in Takamatsu city on Shikoku.

The sand sculpture is repaired twice a year in the spring and autumn.

Zenigata Sunae is illuminated over the New Year holidays. Local folklore has it that anyone who views the sculpture will lead a life without financial worry.

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