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From: Gardiner Harris >
Date: May 26, 2016 at 10:41:59 AM GMT+9
Subject: Shrine info; G7 pool #2
The motorcade is passing through a series of small villages and just
looped around a reservoir. Along most of the route, police in blue and
white uniforms are posted every 20 meters. One was even standing in
the midst of a deep green rice paddy, looking severe.
Per White House, backing the shrine:
Ise Shrine is considered the holiest place in Japan.
The Ise Shrine (Ise-jing?) is an important Shinto shrine complex in
the city of Ise in southern Honshu, Japan. Also known as the Grand
Shrine of Ise (Ise Daijing?), its great significance is indicated by
its official name - Jing? ("The Shrine"). A popular place of
pilgrimage as well as a tourist attraction, the Ise Shrine has been
designated a National Treasure (kokuh?) by the Japanese government.
The shrine has more than 7 million visitors annually.
The shrine consists of two groups of buildings: the Imperial Shrine
(Kotai Jingu), also known as the Naiku (inner shrine), and the Toyouke
Shrine (Toyouke Daijingu) which constitutes the Geku or outer shrine.
The main building at each shrine is a simple thatched hut made of
unpainted cypress wood in ancient Japanese style. These are difficult
to see, as they are mostly blocked by wooden fences. There are several
other buildings and sanctuaries nearby, as well as gardens and torii
By tradition, it is rebuilt every 20 year. Most recently in 2013, at
an estimated cost of $500 million.
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