[Soul of Japan] Ise Jingu, a Place to Pray for the Imperial Family and the Nation

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 Many of Japan’s traditions and ideas are unfamiliar to those outside of Japan. Therefore, JAPAN Forward and Jinja Honcho have collaborated to bring readers an explanation of the key concepts of kami, matsuri, shrines, myths, and many other traditions and beliefs which form the core of Japanese culture. 

The “Soul of Japan” series provides an introduction to Shinto, focusing in this segment on the sanctuary of shrines at the heart of Shinto — Ise Jingu. 

 

Ise-Jingu, officially known as “Jingu,” includes 125 jinja or shrines. 

 

Jingu is centered around Kotaijingu (Naiku), the most venerable sanctuary in Japan. This shrine was dedicated to Amaterasu-Omikami, the ancestral deity to Japan’s imperial family, about 2,000 years ago.

 

Toyo’uke-daijingu (Geku) is also on the premises. It is the shrine dedicated to Toyo’uke-no-Omikami, the kami who was said to be summoned to Ise by Amaterasu-omikami to be her companion and provider of sacred foods. 

 

In land area, Jingu is roughly the same size as the city of Paris. More than 1,500 rituals are conducted here yearly to pray for the prosperity of the imperial family and the peace of the nation.

 

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Source: Jinja Honcho 

 

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