Ise Jingu Grand Shrine, Geku 伊勢神宮 外宮(豊受大神宮)


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Geku is Ise Jingu's Outer Shrine (officially named "Toyouke Daijingu"). It is one of the two main shrines of Ise Jingu. Geku worships the god Toyouke Omikami, who is responsible for the food of Amaterasu Omikami worshipped at Naiku. She is also the kami for food, clothing, and shelter. Geku was founded about 1,500 years ago. According to tradition, you first visit Geku, then you visit Naiku or Inner Shrine. I visited Ise Jingu Shrine on New Year's Day on Jan. 1, 2013. I noticed that Geku was not as crowded as the more popular Naiku.

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Ise Jingu Grand Shrine, Naiku 伊勢神宮 内宮(皇大神宮)


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Ise Jingu Shrine's Naiku (Inner Shrine) is the main and most popular shrine at Ise. Officially named, "Kotaijingu." It worships Amaterasu Omikami, the ancestor of the Imperial Family and the tutelary kami of the Japanese people. Naiku was founded 2000 years ago. The shrine is rebuilt every 20 years and 2013 will mark the completion of the new shrine to replace the old one built in 1993. Ise Jingu's main shrine is Naiku (Inner Shrine) which I visited on Jan. 1, 2013. It was much more crowded than Geku (Outer Shrine). Also see my video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjbGtgBbQfI

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Meoto-Iwa Wedded Rocks 夫婦岩


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One of Japan's most famous views is these two rocks in the ocean bonded together by heavy shimenawa ropes. The rope is replaced three times a year. One of the days is May 5, when these pictures were taken. Near Futaminoura Station.

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