Japanese sacred island where women are banned gets Unesco world heritage listing

A sacred island in south-west Japan that bans women and where male visitors must strip naked before going ashore has been declared a Unesco world heritage site.

Okinoshima, located midway between the south-western main island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, was once the site of rituals to pray for maritime safety and a centre for relations with China and Korea that stretch back as far as the fourth century.

Paging Billy….

  • canminuteman

    I haven’t got a problem with this. Both men and women have their “safe spaces” and if their wants the other one their, why try to force it. It only ends up making everyone miserable in the end.

  • BillyHW

    I’m not entirely comfortable with the no-clothes policy, but I’m sure their elections are a lot saner than ours.


    • Exile1981

      They clothes you once you get to shore. I read where the clothing ban was from back in the day they used it have meetings with china. No clothing made it impossible to bring in weapons.

  • Ego

    No women? They should have become extinct by now.

    • David Murrell

      If that is the case, and I appreciate your logic Ego , thrn I hope BillyHW migrates (for good) to Okinoshima island. The rest of the world will become a better, saner place.

  • Dana Garcia

    The UN needs to be relocated to some place more in line with its values, like Islamabad or Riyadh.

    That enormous building should be remodeled into a useful space, like housing or capitalist offices.

  • chayisun

    A place without women is called paradise. Just imagine no more having to listen to inane nattering, no more having to pretend that one is interested in what they say, no more “not tonight I’ve got a headache”…….,One would LIKE to say yea, well, You give me a pain in the butt but can’t because it might hurt the lady’s feelings, no more having to go to the mall and follow her around while she visits EVERY damned store in the place and buys NOTHING while if YOU want to go into a sporting goods store you’re given 5 minutes. Actually that’s all a guy needs in a store……AND one would have the privilege of having hot dogs 7 days a week. If he wants. Also, no more being told that one snores loud.

    I’d book a ticket to that place so fast but, apparently, one has to run around naked. Since I get colds real easy that ain’t a good thing to do…….AND I assume one has to speak Japanese.

    Think I’ll stay here.

  • Felicia Scott

    So? This is just another homosexual rendezvous. Is there some reason why we shouldn’t demand “females” strip themselves before the enter a woman’s shower and dressing room? Who gives a flying about anything that comes from the islamic UN?

    • Alain

      This isn’t Western Europe or North America, so it has nothing to do with homosexuality.

      • Tooth&Claw

        Somehow, I don’t believe that.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    This is Japan, for God’s sake! Their female pearl divers do their work in the nude.

    • El Martyachi

      Pics or it didn’t happen.