GOTOBA-IN Ama 800
Linking 800 Years
Past, Present, and Future
In 1221, Retired Emperor Gotoba arrived in Ama. He had been exiled here after the events of the Jōkyū Disturbance – a struggle for power with the Kamakura shogunate. Never allowed back to the capital, he lived in Ama for 19 years and here he passed away.
The year 2021 marks the 800-year anniversary of his arrival on the island. Here the lore and culture centered around him lives on, coupled with the rich natural environment and made sublime.
As the anniversary year drew close, we formed Gotoba-in Kenshō Executive Committee. Together with the local people, we are striving to pass down the connections to Retired Emperor Gotoba. Moreover, we want to relay as assets to future generations the traditional lifestyles, which are rooted in the nature of Ama and enriched with contemporary values.
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The Lore and Culture Associated With Gotoba
Retired Emperor Gotoba was interested in culture, fine arts, performing arts and sports, and was dedicated to upholding and perfecting them.
In regards to Japanese waka poetry, he commissioned Fujiwara Sadaie and others to compile the anthology Shin Kokin Wakashū. He continued to contribute even when in exile, writing almost 800 poems, including the anthology Entō Hyakushū.
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About the Logo
We created the official logo for the events commemorating the arrival of Retired Emperor Gotoba to Ama Town. Its simple design consists of four interlocking circles, creating a symbolic form which brings to mind infinite expanses, a history weaved through the ages.
The logo may be used only in accordance with its concept and the intended usage rules. The guidelines and the application form are available here (Japanese language only). For inquiries, please use the "Contact us" form.
In Ama Town, Retired Emperor Gotoba is a symbol of local history and culture. We formed Gotoba-in Kenshō Executive Committee to celebrate the lore centered around him and pass it down to the future generations.
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English Translation(Movies): Katrina Killinger, Coordinator of International Relations Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark