Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Shrine In Japan Dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken

We visited the Meiji Jingu which is a Shinto shrine. Shinto is Japan's ancient original religion, and it is deeply rooted in the way of Japanese life. The pictures I am posting were taken as we walked through a forest. This forest was created with a donation of 100,000 trees from all over Japan. This shrine was established on November 1, 1920. The paintings I am posting depict history.

 The sign at the entrance of the shrine. There was no English translation.This is written in Japanese.
 The path into the Shrine. A wide strip of graveled road.

 The sign above explains the barrels of Sake Wrapped in Straw.
 Barrels of wine that are set aside as consecrated wine. The Japanese received this from the French as a peace agreement. All barrels are labeled.
 The entrance to an area of the Shrine. Since it is winter in Japan the main building was closed.
 Historical painted mural.
 Painting of leaders.

 Entrance to a main area of the Shrine. This door was huge and very thick!
 This paragraphs above explain the prayer cards below.
 People purchase the prayers and hang them in trees. Each design is
hand painted with different designs.
 This is were the people perform a ritual. Instructions were rinse your left hand, rinse your right hand, pour water into your left hand and rinse your mouth. Rinse your left hand and rinse the dipper. We watched a man carry out this ritual, but out of respect I took the picture after her left.
 The path returning to the hustle and bustle of the street.

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