Saturday, October 26, 2013

Japanese deer

Typhoon Francisco and Lekima are moving to the northeast in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. Typhoon Francisco has brought drenching rainfall to many areas in Japan. Typhoon Wipha caused deadly landslides on Izu Oshima island on the 16th. The typhoon killed 31 people, and rescuers are still searching for 13 missing people. It disrupted traffic in Kanto Region.

In higher elevations, it snowed and the leaves are beginning to drop from the trees.

Autumn colors in Japan (Japanese version only):
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http://kouyou.nihon-kankou.or.jp/
http://koyo.walkerplus.com/
http://www.mapple.net/sp_koyo/

The Deer Antler Cutting Ceremony was held at Nara Park in Nara Prefecture on October 12th and 14th. Although male deer shed their antlers before winter and grow them back in spring every year, the event started in 1671 to prevent antlered deer from injuring people or another deer. They have no pain because nerves are not located in the mature antler. Antlers are dedicated to the deity. This event is held in accordance with ancient ritual, but the antlers of about 250 deer in Nara Park are cut from the end of August through March.

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around five-storied pagoda in Kofuku-ji Temple
photo by euzim.net

Visitors can see many deer around Nara Park. They are unafraid of humans, but they are wild animals. It's dangerous to come close to male deer in estrus and mother deer with fawns.

around five-storied pagoda in Kofuku-ji Temple
photo by euzim.net

Their staple food is the native plants around the park. Many deer died of the human foods that tourists gave to them or of plastic food packages that tourists threw away. We are not allowed to feed them. The park has no garbage to prevent deer from accidentally eating them.

at Todai-ji Temple
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at Todai-ji Temple
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Only Shika-senbei(cracker containing rice bran and cereals) is sold as a snack by Foundation For The Protection Of Deer In Nara. The foundation is engaged in protection activity for them. A part of earnings from these cracker sales are used to protect deer.


The foundation operates Rokuen (Deer enclosure) for sick or injured deer, bucks that have potential for harming humans, aggressive rutting bucks, pregnant does and does with fawns. This facility was closed to the public, but the foundation turned to open it to convey to visitors the real state of deer in Nara last year.

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Fawns are born in late May to early July at Rokuen in Nara Park. Visitors can see fawns for only a few hours from June 1 to 30 at Rokuen. Mother deer and fawns return to the park around mid-July. Mother deer are wary of human smells. It is best not to touch fawns.

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For more information about Foundation for the Protection of Deer in Nara:
http://www.naradeer.com/  (Japanese version only)

The foundation announced that 1,094 deer live in Nara Park and Mount Wakakusa as of July 16, 2013. They include 210 bucks, 736 does, 148 fawns. In one year, 100 deer had died of traffic accident, 144 had died of disease, and 115 had died from other causes.

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Deer by David McKelvey /flickr

They have been designated as a national natural treasure.  The deer is regarded as a messenger of the deities at the Kasuga Grand Shrine (春日大社, Kasuga-taisha).  They have been living there since before the shrine was built in 768.

The shrine invited Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto(the deity of thunder, the deity of war) from Kashima Jingu Shrine (鹿島神宮) in Ibaraki Prefecture as an enshrined deity of the Kasuga Grand Shrine. According to the legend, the divided spirit of Takemikazuchi rode a white deer to Nara with many deer. 

At Kashima Shrine, the deer is regarded as a messenger of the deities because deer sent the message from Amaterasu(an enshrined deity of Ise Shrine) to Kashima Shrine's deity. There are about 30 deer in a deer garden of the Kashima Shrine. 


From February to mid-March, Shikayose(Herding Deer by Blowing a Horn) is held at Tobuhino(飛火野) in Nara Park. When a player blows a horn, a herd of wild deer comes running up to the player to get acorns. The annual event started to herd deer in 1892 when a deer shelter was built in Nara Park.

Shikayose was held several times in July and August this year.

Except during the above period, visitors can enjoy this event for fee. Advance reservation is required.

     
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The Deer Antler Cutting Ceremony was also held at Kinkasan in Miyagi Prefecture on October 6.
Kinkasan (金華山, Kinkasan or Kinkazan) is a small sacred island off the Oshika Peninsula in Miyagi Prefecture. The island is covered with primeval forest.  Wild deer and monkeys live there.

It's only the workers of Koganeyama Jinja Shrine(黄金山神社) who live in the island. The shrine was badly damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake and a typhoon in 2011.

Deer Antler Cutting Ceremony  at Kinkasan
photo by Miyagi Prefecture Tourism Division
Deer Antler Cutting Ceremony  at Kinkasan
photo by Miyagi Prefecture Tourism Division
 at Kinkasan
photo by Miyagi Prefecture Tourism Division

About 500 wild deer live there. The deer have been regarded as the messengers of a deity, so they are wandering around the shrine. After the antlers of about 15 bucks are cut, they have a medical checkup. Some people say that they are kind of shy compared with deer in Nara.









Even throughout Japan,  deer overpopulation is a serious problem. They feed on crops, garden plants and kill forest trees by feeding on young trees and the bark of trees, by rubbing antlers against trees.

 A media reported on November 12 in 2012 that Nara Prefecture was considering to decrease the number of deer. Many people have strongly protested against the elimination of the deer.
Some people say that the Japanese deer should be exterminated to protect the environment from the deer. The prefecture was thinking about ways to reduce deer feeding damage, but deferred discussion on the matter.

Most longtime residents in Nara don't make a complaint about deer. Though they eat crops, plants in personal gardens, and trample on a flowerbed in a university near the park. The prefecture has received more complaints from newcomers.


Miyajima(Itsukushima) is an island in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Itsukushima Shrine (厳島神社) on the island has been registered on the World Heritage List (cultural part) in 1996.

Some people say that deer have lived in Miyajima for 6,000 years. The natural foods supply has been limited in the island. They had searched for food by moving round the island. Only a few deer populations remained there. Miyajima residents cherished the deer as a messenger of a deity. They tried to increase their deer population. It has increased tremendously since the 1970s when a boom in tourism had taken place. They lost their natural wildness and got used to human habitats because tourists fed them human food. They may get sick, die or become malnourished due to human food. They have had negative effects on biodiversity in the woods near the town.

Hatsukaichi City urges tourists not to feed deer human food. The city tries to get them back to where they should be. Some people say that skinny deer are more common in Miyajima. Unable to stand by any longer, they feed starving deer acorns.


                                                     deer in Miyajima


Yezo deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis) are indigenous to Hokkaido. The number of the deer has recently increased drastically. Their increasing numbers have caused a large number of deer-vehicle traffic accidents, have damaged to food crops, and have had negative effects on biodiversity. For now, hunting is the best way to control deer populations. The Hokkaido government is encouraging people not only to hunt but also to eat venison. We are unfamiliar with venison. 

Yezo deer


Yezo deer


Kanoko(鹿の子) means a fawn. Kanoko pattern(white‐spotted pattern) was named after the fawn's spots although mother deer also have the pattern.

"Kanoko shibori" is one of the methods of tie-dyeing cloth regularly patterned like the fawn's spots. Shibori includes a number of labor-intensive resist techniques including stitching elaborate patterns and tightly gathering the stitching before dyeing, forming intricate designs for kimonos. 

Kanoko is also the name of a Japanese confection.




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Obiage is a scarf-like piece of cloth that covers up the obimakura(a small oval cushion) for keeping the upper part of the obi knot in place. Obiage is tucked into top of obi and is relatively big when kimono is dressed up.


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Hanafuda (花札) is a Japanese card game with 48 cards. The name literally means "flower cards." It comes from the Portuguese word "carta" that came down to Japan in the 16th century. There are twelve suits. Each suit has four cards with a design representing each of the twelve months.


One card of Hanafuda--deer and maple in the tenth month of the year(in the lunar calendar)










The design of this card comes from the following waka poem by Sarumaru no Taifu(猿丸大夫). He was a waka poet in the eighth or ninth century, and is also known as Sarumaru Dayu. His date of birth and death is unknown. 

奥山に もみぢ踏みわけ 鳴く鹿の 
声きく時ぞ 秋は悲しき
O-ku-ya-ma-ni Mo-mi-ji-fu-mi-wa-ke Na-ku-shi-ka-no 
Ko-we-ki-ku-to-ki-zo A-ki-wa-ka-na-shi-ki

Deep in the mountains, a deer makes his way through fallen maple leaves bleating for his wife.
His long plaintive cry brings on feelings of melancholy.

It goes like this.





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Friday, October 11, 2013

The 62nd Shikinen Sengu of the Ise Shrine

In Ise Jingu Shrine(伊勢神宮) in Mie Prefecture, the Sengyo(transfer of the deity) ceremony was held at the Naiku(the inner shrine) on October 2, and at the Geku(the outer shrine) on October 5. Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine(出雲大社) in Shimane Prefecture and Ise Jingu Shrine carried out Sengu(遷宮, transferring deities to new or restored shrine buildings) this year.

Ise Shrine transfers its deities to new shrine buildings once a every 20 years, and Izumo Shrine does its deity(大国主大神, Okuninushi-no-okami) to its restored building once a every 60 years. At Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, the deity was returned to the restored shrine at a festival called Senzasai(遷座祭) was held on May 10.    

Shikinen Sengu(式年遷宮) means transferring of a deity to a new shrine building once in a prescribed number of years. When a religion scholar participated in the ritual, he felt that an old deity died and a new deity was born. Deities die and are reborn any number of times. In the people's consciousness it is imprinted that deities have eternal youth and immortality by rebuilding every 20 years. According to Ise Shrine, the first shikinen sengu was held at the Naiku in 690. This event was discontinued for over 120 years during the Warring States Period and was postponed several times.

Shikinen Sengu at Ise Shrine:
http://www.isejingu.or.jp/shosai/english/index.htm
 http://www.sengu.info/index.html  (Japanese version only)

The 61st rebuilding of the Ise Shrine:
http://www.isejingu.or.jp/shosai/english/sikinen/sikinen2.htm (English version)

The 62th rebuilding of the Ise Shrine:
http://www.isejingu.or.jp/shikinensengu/62kai-index.html  (Japanese version only)

Sengyo ceremony video(available on the net until November 3, 2013):
http://media.sengu.info/


It's unclear what is the significance of the 20 year time span. There are various theories as to the time span.
In the lunar calendar, 'Sakutantoji' (the winter solstice on the 1st of the eleventh month) comes around once in 19 or 20 years (Metonic cycle). In ancient China, the winter solstice and the 1st of the 11 month marked the beginning of a year. So Sakutan Toji was celebrated in style.
Shikinen Sengu is thought to be in fact large scale Kannamesai. The storage period of grain for Kannamesai was 20 years.

Ise Jingu Shrine has 125 shrines centered on Naiku(内宮, the inner shrine) dedicated to Amaterasu-omikami(天照大神) and Geku(外宮, the outer shrine) dedicated to Toyouke-no-omikami(豊受大神).

In the 1830s, 4.8 million people, which accounted for a sixth part of the total population in Japan, made pilgrimages to Ise Jingu.

For more information about pilgrims to Ise Shrine in the Edo Period
http://ichinen-fourseasonsinjapan.blogspot.jp/2010/06/ise-ondo-koi-no-netaba.html


Ordinary people can't step into the sacred areas including the main sanctuary buildings of the Naiku and Geku. They can enter the areas by contributing money to the shrine at the Kaguraden(神楽殿), but the innermost areas are closed to them. They have to obey a strict dress code in order to enter the areas.

Shinto shrines have an austere style.  

entrance to the Naiku's sacred area including its main building

正宮 - 伊勢神宮 内宮/伊勢旅行 [Ise Jingu]
正宮 - 伊勢神宮 内宮/伊勢旅行 [Ise Jingu] by Tranpan23 /flickr



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20130301 Ise Jingu 4 by BONGURI /flickr


 entrance to the Geku's sacred area including its main building


Photo by (c)Tomo.Yun


Naiku, Geku and 14 Betsugu(shrines belonging to Geku and Naiku) were rebuilt.

Ten Betsugu shrines belonging to Naiku include Aramatsuri-no-miya(荒祭宮), Tsukiyomi-no-miya(月讀宮), Tsukiyomi-no-aramitama-no-miya(月読荒御魂宮), Izanagi-no-miya(伊佐奈岐宮), Izanami-no-miya(伊佐奈弥宮), Takihara-no-miya(瀧原宮), Takiharanarabi-no-miya(瀧原竝宮), Izawa-no-miya(伊雑宮), Yamatohime-no-miya(倭姫宮), Kazahinomi-no-miya(風日祈宮).

Four Betsugu shrines belonging to Geku include Taka-no-miya(多賀宮), Tsuchi-no-miya(土宮), Kaze-no-miya(風宮), Tsukiyomi-no-miya(月夜見宮).

The new building of each shrine was built on an adjacent site next to the old one. Each rebuilding alternates between the two sites. Old and new shrine buildings like twins will stand side by side until around next February. However, the old building of Naiku might be demolished earlier.

Sengyo ceremonies will be held at Taka-no-miya on October 13, at 12 Betsugu shrines in 2014.


Tsukiyomi-no-miya(月夜見宮)

Tsukiyomi,  Amaterasu's younger brother, is enshrined in Tsukiyomi-no-miya(月夜見宮) in Geku and Tsukiyomi-no-miya(月讀宮) in Naiku.

伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 月夜見宮 - Tsukiyomi no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine) // 2010.02.12 - 8
伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 月夜見宮 - Tsukiyomi no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine) // 2010.02.12 - 8
by Tamago Moffle /flickr


 Izawa-no-miya(伊雑宮)

伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 伊雑宮 - Izawa no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine)// 2010.02.13 - 5
伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 伊雑宮 - Izawa no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine)// 2010.02.13 - 5
by Tamago Moffle /flickr


 Takiharanarabi-no-miya(瀧原竝宮)

伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 瀧原宮 - Takihara no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine)// 2010.02.13 - 5
伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 瀧原宮 - Takihara no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine)// 2010.02.13 - 5
by Tamago Moffle /flickr


 Yamatohime-no-miya(倭姫宮)

伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 倭姫宮 - Yamatohime no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine) // 2010.02.12 - 4
伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 倭姫宮 - Yamatohime no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine) // 2010.02.12 - 4
by Tamago Moffle /flickr


 Kaze-no-miya(風宮)

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Tsuchi-no-miya(土宮)

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伊勢神宮外宮 - Geku of Ise Grand Shrine // 2010.02.10 - 5
by Tamago Moffle /flickr


Kaguraden(神楽殿) in Naiku
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 Kaguraden(神楽殿) in Naiku

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Ise Shrine_61 by ajari /flickr


Kaguraden(神楽殿) in  Geku

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伊勢神宮 by yusuke.inquisitor /flickr








At Goshoden (main sanctuary) of the Naiku, Visitors should give thanks to the deity. Making a personal wish to the deity is not recommended there. Visitors are allowed to make a personal wish at Takanomiya(either 多賀宮 or 高宮) in Geku or Aramatsurinomiya(荒祭宮) in Naiku.


 Taka-no-miya(多賀宮)

伊勢神宮外宮 - Geku of Ise Grand Shrine // 2010.02.10 - 7
伊勢神宮外宮 - Geku of Ise Grand Shrine // 2010.02.10 - 7
by Tamago Moffle /flickr

Aramatsuri-no-miya(荒祭宮)

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R0014199 by Ryosuke Yagi /flickr


Takanomiya is a shrine where aramitama (deity's rough soul) of Toyouke-no-omikami is enshrined. In Aramatsurinomiya, Amaterasu-omikami's aramitama is enshrined. As with Naiku and Geku, old and new buildings of these shrines stand side by side. Originally the approach to a Shinto shrine was for deities. They walk on the middle of the approach, so human is allowed to walk on its sides.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/compose-r/7990310261/ The demolished old shrines are recycled as material for the construction of other shrines in Ise Shrine and local shrines related to the shrine. after Shikinen Sengu was held in 1993, the old building of Tsukiyomi-no-miya(月讀宮) was moved to Okushiri Island (奥尻島) in Hokkaido. It has been used as the main building of Aonae-kotoshironushi Shrine(青苗言代主). Its former building was destroyed by tsunami and fire due to the southwest-off Hokkaido earthquake on July 12 in 1993. Amaterasu's parents, her younger brother Tsukiyomi and his aramitama (deity's rough soul) are enshrined in Tsukiyonomiya.


Tsukiyomi-no-miya(月讀宮)

Tsukiyomi is a younger brother of Amaterasu.

伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 月讀宮 - Tsukiyomi no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine) // 2010.02.12 - 09
伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 月讀宮 - Tsukiyomi no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine) // 2010.02.12 - 09
by Tamago Moffle /flickr

伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 月讀宮 - Tsukiyomi no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine) // 2010.02.12 - 06
伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 月讀宮 - Tsukiyomi no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine) // 2010.02.12 - 06
by Tamago Moffle /flickr

Izanagi-no-miya(伊佐奈岐宮)

Izanagi is the father of Amaterasu and Tsukiyomi.


伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 月讀宮 - Tsukiyomi no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine) // 2010.02.12 - 10
伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 月讀宮 - Tsukiyomi no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine) // 2010.02.12 - 10
by Tamago Moffle /flickr

Izanami-no-miya(伊佐奈弥宮)

Izanami is the mother of Amaterasu and Tsukiyomi.

伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 月讀宮 - Tsukiyomi no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine) // 2010.02.12 - 11
伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 月讀宮 - Tsukiyomi no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine) // 2010.02.12 - 11
by Tamago Moffle /flickr

Tsukiyomi-no-miya's aramitama (deity's rough soul) is enshrined in Tsukiyomi-aramitama-no-miya(月讀荒御魂宮).
伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 月讀宮 - Tsukiyomi no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine) // 2010.02.12 - 07
伊勢神宮 外宮別宮 月讀宮 - Tsukiyomi no miya (Geku of Ise Grand Shrine) // 2010.02.12 - 07
by Tamago Moffle /flickr

The logs that were used as pillars at Shikinen Sengu in 1929 were diverted to the torii(shrine gate) of Uji Bridge(宇治橋) in Ise Shrine at Shikinen Sengu in 1953, to the torii of Suzukanoseki(鈴鹿の関) in Kameyama City, Mie Prefecture in 1973.

Although the torii gate of Ikuta Shrine in Kobe was destroyed by the Great Hanshin earthquake on January 17 in 1995, the gate was rebuilt by use of the logs in July of 1995. In Tohoku Region, more than 500 shrines were destroyed or swept away by quake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

About 10 of them were rebuilt from thinned wood in the Ise Shrine's forest. Where old logs will be transferred has not been decided yet.

Torii gate of Uji Bridge

photo by 日本列島お国自慢




伊勢神宮内宮 by Kentaro Ohno
https://www.flickr.com/photos/inucara/4375763429/


Isuzu River viewed from Uji Bridge








Uji Bridge over the Isuzu River leads to the Naiku.

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P1010167 by michaelchan /flickr


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GYO_0006 by Nguyen Vu Hung (vuhung) /flickr





Kazahinominomiya-mihashi Bridge(風日祈宮御橋)  was also rebuilt. The bridge leads to Kazahinomi-no-miya(風日祈宮).


old Kazahinominomiya-mihashi Bridge

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Ise Shrine_62 / ajariR0014206 by Ryosuke Yagi /flickr


new Kazahinominomiya-mihashi Bridge

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20110206 Ise 4 (New torii) by BONGURI /flickr

Kazahinomi-no-miya(風日祈宮)

Two deities of the wind are enshrined in this shrine. It was believed that they caused Kamikaze (wind of god) and chased away  the Mongolian army at the time of the Mongolian Invasion in 1274 and 1281.

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R0014211 by Ryosuke Yagi /flickr



 Mishine-no-mikura(御稲御倉) storehouse for rice. This building is similar in architectural style to the main buildings of Naiku and Geku. Visitors can take a close look at this building.


Mishine-no-mikura


Isuzagawa Mitarashi(五十鈴川御手洗場) in Naiku

Pilgrims cleanse their hands and rinse their mouths here.

伊勢神宮 内宮 - Naiku of Ise Grand Shrine // 2010.02.12 - 05
伊勢神宮 内宮 - Naiku of Ise Grand Shrine // 2010.02.12 - 05 
by Tamago Moffle /flickr

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R0014165 by Ryosuke Yagi /flickr




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Ise Shrine_03 by ajari /flickr


Magatama-ike Pond(勾玉池) in Geku

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Ise Shrine_37 by ajari /flickr


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Ise jingu shrine by GinkgoTelegraph /flickr


new torii gate of Geku

Ise jingu shrine
Ise jingu shrine by GinkgoTelegraph /flickr

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IMG_1003.JPG by ftomiz /flickr



伊勢神宮 内宮 - Naiku of Ise Grand Shrine // 2010.02.12 - 09 
by Tamago Moffle /flickr

Worshippers wash their hands and mouths at Temizusha(手水舎).
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R0014067 by Ryosuke Yagi /flickr


 Geheiden(外幣殿)

外幣殿

one of two sacred horses belonging to Geku

 by Tamago Moffle /flickr


one of two sacred horses belonging to Naiku

伊勢神宮内宮 by Kentaro Ohno /flickr


Some roosters are roaming about in the shrine. The rooster is regarded as a messenger of the deity at Ise Shrine. It comes from the following myth.

Amaterasu, the female deity of sun, was troubled over her brother's barbaric behavior and hid inside a rock cave. This caused the sun to hide for a long period of time. Other deities got bothered. They tried many different ways to get her out of the cave They racked their brains about how to get her out of the cave. They made roosters crow as a way of luring her away.

The Sengyo ceremony starts with an imitation of the crow of a rooster.

R0014137 by Ryosuke Yagi /flickr



伊勢神宮 内宮 - Naiku of Ise Grand Shrine // 2010.02.12 - 11 by Tamago Moffle /flickr




Chanticleer's Battle 2 (雄鶏の戦闘) by BONGURI /flickr



The 62nd Shikinen Sengu of the Ise Shrine started in 2005. In addition to the rebuilding of shrines, 1,576 items of 714 different kinds including furnishing goods and costumes are also changed for new ones. A sword named Sugari-no-ontachi, one of the items, is decorated with the tail feather of a Japanese crested ibis.

Shikinen Sengu is also a way of passing techniques from one generation to the next. The items are made with basically the same material as the original items in the same way. Contemporary master craftsmen create the precise duplicates of the original objects to the greatest extent possible. The items that were placed in old shrine buildings are displayed at Jingu History Museum(神宮徴古館, Jingu Chokokan).

Jingu History Museum(Jingu Chokokan Museum): http://www.isejingu.or.jp/shosai/english/bunka/bunka.htm http://www.ise-kanko.jp/syuyu/goriyaku.html   (Japanese version only)





Okage-yokocho Street in Oharai-machi on approach to the Naiku of Ise Jingu Shrine

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R0014114 by Ryosuke Yagi /flickr



 Akafuku(赤福), a Japanese-style confection store
伊勢神宮内宮前 おかげ横丁 ise jinguu naiguu okage yokochou
伊勢神宮内宮前 おかげ横丁 ise jinguu naiguu okage yokochou 
by bluXgraphics(motorcycle design Japan)=Midorikawa /flickr

Akafuku-mochi(赤福餅) has been a specialty confection of Ise. Akafuku(赤福), a Japanese-style confection store, is said to have started selling the confection in front of the Naiku in 1707.


R0014103 by Ryosuke Yagi /flickr

Akafuku-mochi(赤福餅)