The Making of Hirokoji

The following text is a slightly modified machine translation and may have some unnatural parts.

==13th anniversary==

Looking at the update history, February 11, 2008 was the site opening date. So, 2021 will be the 13th anniversary. The article was significantly revised in December 2008, the layout of the site was changed and it was reopened, so it is practically from December, but It is also true that I discharged the text looks like a long-established secret sauce that was added to the addition before the revision. so I would start in February.

In the first place, my senior at the company told me, "You also have some hobbies." At that time, I had hobbies such as reading and listening to music, but I was passive and did not have a hobby of actively doing something myself.

I graduated from the law department at university, but I haven't really graduated because I don't understand positive law at all. At best, general education level. I think that the articles written on this website are at the level of being good if they are general education reports. I haven't written my thesis, so it's a compensatory act.

==English translation==

One day in January 2021, I received an email from JustSystems to promote the translation software. I was attracted by the software equipped with a dictionary of 10 million words. The software was developed by a company other than JustSystems. When I checked the reviews on Amazon, it was a subtle evaluation. So, I tried Google Translate and felt that this would work. So, I actually rewrote the article and tried machine translation. I can't speak English and I can't remember difficult words, so I rarely read English, but unexpectedly, I have the impression that my knowledge up to high school will help me. However, I didn't know how to use ", which".


It's been late since the beginning of the 21st century, but in 2002 I attended a website creation course and learned how to use various tools. I also set up a website, but I didn't have any hobbies to write, so I ended up deleting it from the internet.

I can build static sites, but I have no programming sense and can't build dynamic sites. Since I have no hobby, I was able to make the website production itself a hobby, but there was no essential content and there was no development potential.

==Blog start==

Then, in November 2003, Nifty launched a blog service called Cocolog. It was a pioneering service at the time, ahead of the industry. Anyone can upload their texts online without any knowledge of HTML or networks. The era of homepages required some knowledge, but blogs do not require any special knowledge, and the era has arrived in which individuals can freely express their opinions.

However, at that time, there was no information to send, and it was a miscellaneous blog. The title of the blog is "Usuaji (light taste)" because the content is thin in the miscellaneous blog.

==Collecting materials==

I started going to the library because my brother-in-law wrote a fictitious military history at that time and helped collect the materials. It's also science fiction, I searched for a legend about Osaka Castle, in short, a mysterious story. I went to the Yokohama City Central Library when I learned that the legend of Osaka Castle was written in a book called "Kasshi Yawa" in the Edo period. "Kasshi Yawa" in the Yokohama City Central Library was a prewar book and was an old book. It was a task to put some of them on the desk and check them one by one.

There are several legends about Osaka Castle, one of which was that there was a room forbade to enter in Osaka Castle, where the court lady committed suicide in the Siege of Osaka. It is said that Osaka Castle has been rebuilt, so that should not be the case. The other is the legend that gold was sunk in a well to eliminate poison. I remember that there was also an article about the treasures of the Hamada Domain.

This collection of materials itself was not a source of blogging, and did not lead to digging into something on my own. However, I think it can be said that I have gained experience in going to the library.

I remember being told that when I make a copy of the material, I also copy the colophon at the end of the book. This is to clarify the source, but if I do not take this, I will not know from which book I copied it.

=="Legend of Shimane" published by Nihon Hyojun==

The change came when I returned home in the summer of 2006 and noticed that the "Legend of Shimane" published by Nihon Hyojun was left at home. I read "Legend of Shimane" as an assignment book when I was in elementary school, and it was darker and more unique than the "nursery Tale of Shimane" that was paired with this book, and I remembered it for a long time.

The advantage of this book is that it contains, if not all, photos of visiting the legendary locale. It reminds us that the legendary locale actually exists. This is not possible with just sentences.

While flipping through the "Legend of Shimane", the legend "Chibihime-san" caught my eye. It is the legend of Sahime. At that time, I was writing a fantasy-like story based on Japanese mythology (* creation is also a hobby), and I was conscious that Sahime's mother was Ogetsuhime, who appears in Kojiki.

I didn't do anything further at that time, but I brought the "Legend of Shimane" back to Yokohama.

So, when I returned home on New Year's Day 2007, I decided to actually go to Sahimeyama Shrine in Masuda City. I rented a car and departed, but the road to Sahimeyama Shrine was difficult to understand, so I went back and forth many times. Still, I managed to reach it at that time.

"Legend of Shimane" also includes "Tagorihime who saved Izumo", which is a legend of Hashi-Town, Gotsu City, but it also caught my consciousness with a sad ending. This is not shown in the photo, but I got the information that it is a shrine of Hashi.

I was fortunate because it contained two legends that were worth considering.

That's why I started to take the style of actually visiting the legendary locale, taking pictures, going to the library, collecting materials, considering them, and writing articles.


In the summer of 2007, I first went to Masuda City Library. There is a lot of local materials corner, and I could get information about Sahime and Munasukihime. It is also here that a book in which the Edo period geography book "Iwami Yae Mugura" was printed was stored. It was fortunate for me, who had no ability to read the original material, to be in print.

In the summer of 2008, I went to the Shimane Prefectural Library in Matsue City. The main purpose here was to browse the prewar magazine "Shimane Criticism". Here I could see the article about AmenoToyoTarashiKaraHime and the article about Sahime.

By the way, the Shimane Prefectural Library has a series of legends from each prefecture published by Nihon Hyojun. The Nihon Hyojun's legend series are rare books with a small collection even in the National Diet Library.

I use the Yokohama City Central Library on a daily basis. It boasts one of the largest collections of books among municipalities nationwide. Most of the work here and the National Diet Library are sufficient.

Since I thought about writing an article about "Prince Goro," I've been using the National Diet Library more often. I refer to magazines such as "San'in Folklore" and "Hiroshima Folklore". A remote copy service is also available, so I am currently using this service at Corona.

==Iwami is the limit==

In this way, I traveled around the Iwami region by car in parallel with going to the library, but the distance I can drive around the entire Iwami region is just right, and it seems a bit far to reach Izumo.

On my way home, I visited Susa Shrine, Hinomisaki Shrine, and Izumo Taisha on the day I returned from Hamada to Yokaichi, Shiga Prefecture (where my elder sister's house is). I visited Susa Shrine and Hinomisaki Shrine, and when I arrived at Izumo Taisha, it was quite exhausted. I took a rest for a while and got on the highway, but I remember being quite tired because I couldn't sleep even if I tried to sleep only at that time.

==Recreate Website==

Originally it was an article related to Shimane that I wrote on my blog, but the number of accesses has gradually increased. In that case, I split the blog and unified the concept from a miscellaneous blog to a blog related to Shimane's legend. That was enough, but as the number of articles increases, it becomes difficult to find articles because the blog is in log format. So I recreated the website and separated it for systematic navigation.

Regarding the color scheme of the website, I was conscious of the colors of the green and red roof tiles in the countryside of the Iwami region.

Also in October 2017 I rewrote CSS to make it a mobile friendly site.

==Shikinai Shrine==

While visiting the shrines in the Iwami region, I gradually became aware of the existence of the Shikinai Shrine (the old and officially certified shrines). There is a site called "Memory of Genshoshi", which is a site that covers Shikinai Shrines nationwide. You can get the general information there.

I spent several years visiting the existing Shikinai Shrines in the Iwami region, but finding a shrine that I had never been to was quite difficult. In the case of "Memory of Genshoshi," he traveled to Shikinai Shrines nationwide, so I think this was a considerable pain. I myself have been able to visit all the Shikinai Shrines in the Iwami region, but what about the Izumo region? If I am told, I'm sorry. In the case of Oki-Island, it would be impossible because I have a personality that I cannot act in a planned manner.


I started taking pictures of guardian dogs (Komainu) from 2016. This is because I have updated the equipment of my digital camera, but while I was at the shrine, I decided to put together a photo of the guardian dog.

However, since I took the picture without any knowledge, most of the pictures are taken from the front. Looking at the style of guardian dogs, it seems that the tail is characteristic. The guardian dog is taken with Panasonic G3 + 12-35mm F2.8.

Shimane Prefecture is also a stone producing area and a guardian dog producing area, so I think that visiting guardian dogs is not a bad hobby.


As a by-product of Prince Goro, I gained a great deal of knowledge about Kagura. However, old verses are difficult and difficult to translate, so it is difficult to write an article. It is said that Iwami Kagura has thirty-three performances, but basically I will leave it to the articles on the tourist site. For foreign tourists who read this site, it is enough if they can understand the outline. I'm ashamed to say that I can't read the score and I've never belonged to the company, so it's mainly from the literary side.

==Digital Camera==

I own a variety of cameras, from compact digital cameras to mirrorless cameras and single-lens reflex cameras, but the one I use most often is Panasonic's mirrorless cameras. The standard is Micro Four Thirds, the area of the sensor is a quarter of the 35mm format and medium size, and the image quality is neither good nor bad. The advantage of Micro Four Thirds is that the lens can be made compact and the equipment can be made smaller, and it is possible to have both 12-35mm F2.8 and 35-100mm F2.8 at the same time. This covers everything from shooting shrines and guardian dogs to night Kagura.

Most of the photos posted on this website were taken with a compact digital camera (Canon IXY Digital 200a, Panasonic ZX1, FH5) because the equipment was updated late. I bought the Panasonic G3 in the winter of 2012. It's a shame now that the time when I was energetically traveling around the Iwami region and the time when I used a good camera were different.

I now also own a Pentax KP and a Sigma dp1 Quattro. The sensor is APS-C and the image quality is a little better than Four Thirds. Since the 4: 3 aspect ratio is easier to handle on this website, I mainly post photos taken with Micro Four Thirds.


When I was a college student, I liked Seiko Tanabe's essay, and the anime movie "Josee, the Tiger and the Fish" is currently being released, and I wanted to write an essay book because I only needed one in my lifetime. My desire and desire for self-revealing were to be satisfied on this website.