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Kotai Jingū(Naikū),” where “Amaterasu-ōmikami,” the ultimate ujigami(Shintō deity) of the Japanese people, is enshrined.

After visiting the Gekū, lets next visit the Naikū. Travelling from the Gekū to Naikū takes about 15 minutes by bus or taxi.
After cleansing yourself at the chōzuya, head to the main shrine. This is where the deity is housed.
The worship procedure is to first give an offering of money or coins, then perform the ritual of “ni-hai, ni-hakushu, ippai,” which is to give two respectful bows, clap twice, and then bow once more for respect.
Among the many shrines located throughout the entire country of Japan, Ise Jingū has, since ancient times, been respected as a special and sacred place. Its official name is “Jingū,” and is a general term for the 125 shrines located in the city of Ise in Mie Prefecture and the surrounding area.
At Ise Jingū, approximately 1500 festivals are held throughout the year. A major ceremony is the shikinen sengū(shrine relocation in ceremonial years), held once every 20 years, during which the deities are relocated to new shrine halls. The most recent ceremony was held in 2013, and became a major topic throughout Japan.
Wouldn’t you like to come and visit these still brand new shrine halls?

【writer Aquico】

naiku_03【Photo by Yuri Suzuki】

naiku_02【Photo by Yuri Suzuki】

naiku_04【Photo by Yuri Suzuki】



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