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14 December 2008, JellyBean @ 1:37 pm

Many people think that the only standing stones are found in the UK. The most famous of these being Stonehenge. But this is not the case. Far across the world, they also have mysterious standing stones.

In 1861 at Oshoro, southwestern Hokkaido, a party of herring fishermen, migrants from Honshu, were laying the foundation for a fishing port when they saw taking shape beneath their shovels a mysterious spectacle — a broad circular arrangement of large rocks, strikingly symmetrical, evidently man-made. What could it be? An Ainu fortress?

They would have been astonished to learn, as in fact they never did, that the Oshoro Stone Circle is a relic from a time before even war — let alone fortresses — likely existed in Japan.

Read more about it at:
The Japan Times: Mystery shrouds the ancient Oshoro circle

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