Ganryū-jima

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Ganryū-jima (巌流島, formerly Funa-jima 船島[1]) is an island in Japan located between Honshū and Kyūshū, and accessible via ferry from Shimonoseki Harbor (下関港).

Name[edit]

It is famous for the duel between Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojirō. The small island was named for its boat-like appearance, and later came to be called after the Ganryū kenjutsu school Kojirō had founded.

Features[edit]

On the island are a few monuments as well as facilities for public gatherings such as an annual tug-of-war. Along the west coast is a walking path.

Industry[edit]

The western half of the island is currently being used by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as a storage facility for its ship manufacturing and drydocks in Shimonoseki across the harbor[2][better source needed].

Sports hosting[edit]

New Japan Pro Wrestling held two matches on the island. On October 4, 1987, Antonio Inoki defeated Masa Saito. On December 18, 1991, Hiroshi Hase defeated Tiger Jeet Singh.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ganryūjima - Present state of the island" (in Japanese). Shimonoseki city. Archived from the original on 2010-06-20. 
  2. ^ ja:巌流島#cite ref-3

Coordinates: 33°56′00″N 130°55′49″E / 33.93333°N 130.93028°E / 33.93333; 130.93028