Iki – An Island Reminiscent of Early Japan
The history of Iki Island is old, and in the Chinese history book about Japan «Records of the Three Kingdoms: Record of Gishi Wajin-den» written in the third century, Iki Island is referred to as «Ikikoku». During the Nara period (710 – 794), Iki was recognized as one independent country of «Ikikoku (country of Iki)», and Kokubunji and Ankokuji temples that existed in each country at that time were also built here. Sailing expeditions and envoys came to Japan through this island, passing on the continental culture from China through Tsushima and Iki. As can be seen, in those times Iki was already an established bridge between Japan and the continental China.
In the Kamakura period (1185 – 1333), the attack by the Mongolian army, which was known to be the strongest in the world then, gave devastating blows to Iki twice, and even today we can see many remnants of this era on the island. Iki is a unique and valuable place where one can witness and experience Japan during its ancient times through medieval years.