The World’s Largest Shamoji

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Say hello to O-Shakushi, the worlds largest rice paddle located in Miyajima Omotesando Arcade on the small island of Miyajima. Constructed in the 1980s, it took 2 years and 10 months to complete. However, it had been kept in storage for 14 years because people couldn’t find a place to display it. That is until the Itsukushima shrine was listed as a World Heritage site, and the name of Miyajima Hondori Arcade changed to Miyajima Omotesando Arcade, to commemorate it O-Shakushi was placed on display at this location where it sits until present day. It’s 7.7 meters long and weights 2.5 tons. As the late 18th century legend has it, a monk from Miyajima is credited with inventing this handy tool after having a dream of the deity known as Benzaiten who was holding a lute that resembled a spoon. After awakening from his dream he set out to create this holy spoon, or shamoji, for the people of Miyajima. As a result, shamoji are sold abundantly throughout the island and brought back home as souvenirs of good luck. 

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