Last additions - MIE 三重県
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About the well.Jun 18, 2017
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A well remaining at Toba Castle.Jun 18, 2017
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About Toba Castle's main tenshu tower.Jun 18, 2017
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Site of Toba Castle's main tower.Jun 18, 2017
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About Toba Castle.Jun 18, 2017
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About the castle wall.Jun 18, 2017
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The only castle wall remaining at Toba Castle.Jun 18, 2017
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Toba CastleJun 18, 2017
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Way to the Honmaru.Jun 18, 2017
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About Shiroyama Park at Toba Castle.Jun 18, 2017
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Shiroyama Park at Toba Castle.Jun 18, 2017
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Shiroyama Park at Toba Castle.Jun 18, 2017
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Shiroyama Park at Toba Castle.Jun 18, 2017
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Toba Castle site is on a small hilltop overlooking Mikimoto Pearl Island.Jun 18, 2017
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Part of the castle site is Shiroyama Park with nice views of the pearl island. Jun 18, 2017
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Only a few stone walls and a well remain. No buildings. It was once the administrative center for the Toba Domain. The last occupants was the Inagaki Clan.Jun 18, 2017
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Go up these stairs for Toba Castle.Jun 18, 2017
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Toba StationJun 18, 2017
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Toba Castle is a short walk from Toba Station.Jun 18, 2017
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Scenic views on the way to Toba.Jun 18, 2017
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Toba StationJun 18, 2017
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Toba StationJun 18, 2017
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JR Toba StationJun 18, 2017
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Gift shop at Toba Station.Jun 18, 2017
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Boat for Dolphin Island.Jun 18, 2017
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Ticket booth for boat rides to nearby Dolphin Island.Jun 18, 2017
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Rock garden outside Mikimoto Kokichi Memorial HallJun 18, 2017
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Mikimoto Kokichi Memorial HallJun 18, 2017
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About Mikimoto Kokichi Memorial HallJun 18, 2017
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Mikimoto Kokichi Jun 18, 2017
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Mikimoto Kokichi Memorial HallJun 18, 2017
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Mikimoto Kokichi Memorial HallJun 18, 2017
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Walking path around the island.Jun 18, 2017
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The same lapel pin worn by the leaders was on sale for ¥24,300.Jun 18, 2017
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At the G7 Summit in 2016, the world leaders wore a lapel pins made of pearls.Jun 18, 2017
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Portrait of G7 summit leaders at ise-Shima.Jun 18, 2017
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G7 Summit was held in Mie (Ise-Shima) in 2016.Jun 18, 2017
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Mikimoto Pearl IslandJun 18, 2017
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Fujita Masayo who pioneered freshwater pearl cultivation at Lake Biwa.Jun 18, 2017
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Fujita Sukeyo, Fujita Masayo, and Mikimoto Kokichi.Jun 18, 2017
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Pioneers of pearl cultivation.Jun 18, 2017
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Mikimoto's Five-Storied Pagoda (御木本五重塔). Exhibited at Sesquicentennial Exposition in Philadelphia, 1926. It has 12,760 pearls.Jun 18, 2017
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Mikimoto's Five-Storied Pagoda (御木本五重塔). Exhibited at Sesquicentennial Exposition in Philadelphia, 1926. It has 12,760 pearls.Jun 18, 2017
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Yume-dono Pavilion based on the building at Horyuji temple in Nara. Jun 18, 2017
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Liberty Bell, exhibited at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Has 12,250 pearls and 366 diamonds. The crack is reproduced with blue pearls. Mikimoto Pearl MuseumJun 18, 2017
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Liberty Bell, exhibited at the 1939 New York World's Fair. Has 12,250 pearls and 366 diamonds.Jun 18, 2017
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Room exhibiting jewelry made of cultured pearls.Jun 18, 2017
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Ama divers at Mikimoto Pearl Museum.Jun 18, 2017
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Room exhibiting jewelry made of natural pearls.Jun 18, 2017
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View from the museum's 2nd floor.Jun 18, 2017
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Mikimoto Pearl CrownJun 18, 2017
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Miss International pearl crownJun 18, 2017
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Special Exhibition Room displaying pearl crowns in Jan. 2017.Jun 18, 2017
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To drill holes into the pearl.Jun 18, 2017
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To weigh the pearlJun 18, 2017
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To measure the pearl's size.Jun 18, 2017
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Only a small percentage of harvested pearls are perfect.Jun 18, 2017
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The removed pearls are washed.Jun 18, 2017
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The pearls are removed from the innards with this machine.Jun 18, 2017
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The oysters' innards embedded with pearls are taken out of the shell and dropped through a hole into a bucket below. Jun 18, 2017
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HarvestingJun 18, 2017
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Instruments for embedding the nucleus into the oyster. Like a dentist.Jun 18, 2017
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Embedding the nucleus into the oyster.Jun 18, 2017
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Embedding the nucleus into the oyster.Jun 18, 2017
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Embedding the nucleus into the oyster.Jun 18, 2017
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Lake Biwa pearl mussel (Hyriopsis schlegelii イケチョウガイ) endemic to Lake Biwa.Jun 18, 2017
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Making the nucleus to be inserted into the oyster.Jun 18, 2017
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Making the nucleus to be inserted into the oyster.Jun 18, 2017
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Making the nucleus to be inserted into the oyster.Jun 18, 2017
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Formation of natural pearls.Jun 18, 2017
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Hyriopsis cumingiJun 18, 2017
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Lake Biwa pearl mussel (Hyriopsis schlegelii イケチョウガイ) endemic to Lake Biwa.Jun 18, 2017
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Freshwater pearl cultivationJun 18, 2017
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Buttons from oyster shells.Jun 18, 2017
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Akoya oystersJun 18, 2017
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Ama diver sculpture in Pearl Museum, Mikimoto Pearl Island.Jun 18, 2017
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Floor plan of Pearl Museum.Jun 18, 2017
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Pearl Museum is a comprehensive museum about pearl cultivation mainly in Japan.Jun 18, 2017
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A narrator explains what the divers are doing and what they caught.Jun 18, 2017
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Diving for shellfish.Jun 18, 2017
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They are actually shellfish divers. They don't dive for pearls.Jun 18, 2017
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They drop into the ocean one by one with their floating buckets.Jun 18, 2017
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The pearl divers are very friendly. They wave to you.Jun 18, 2017
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Ama divers at Mikimoto Pearl IslandJun 18, 2017
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The pearl divers arrive on a small boat.Jun 18, 2017
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Air and water temperatures in Jan.Jun 18, 2017
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I went in Jan. so almost no one was here.Jun 18, 2017
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Spectator stand for pearl diver demonstrations.Jun 18, 2017
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Statue of Mikimoto Kokichi.Jun 18, 2017
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Statue of Mikimoto Kokichi.Jun 18, 2017
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Mikimoto Pearl Island is full of monuments.Jun 18, 2017
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Entrance to Mikimoto Pearl Island.Jun 18, 2017
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Bridge to Mikimoto Pearl Island.Jun 18, 2017
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Bridge to Mikimoto Pearl Island.Jun 18, 2017
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Entrance to the bridge to Mikimoto Pearl Island. Pay admission first.Jun 18, 2017
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Bridge to Mikimoto Pearl Island.Jun 18, 2017
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Mikimoto Pearl IslandJun 18, 2017
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A statue of Kokichi Mikimoto and a giant pearl near Toba Station greets visitors. Erected in 1993 to mark the 100th anniversary of Mikimoto's success in pearl cultivation.Jun 18, 2017
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My video of Ise Jingu Naiku on Jan. 1, 2013.Jan 21, 2013
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Oharai-machi shopping street outside Naiku entrance. Bus stop for the train stations and Geku is near here.Jan 14, 2013
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Lucky bags.Jan 14, 2013
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Dried fish.Jan 14, 2013
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Right outside the entrance Naiku is a long shopping street called Oharai-machi, mainly food stalls. it leads to a parking lot. Very crowded on New Year's Day.Jan 14, 2013
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Map of Naiku at Ise Jingu Shrine and adjacent area.Jan 14, 2013
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Uji Bridge is made of hinoki cypress wood. The bridge columns are made of keyaki.Jan 14, 2013
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Uji Bridge showing its 20-year age.Jan 14, 2013
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Crossing Uji Bridge on the way back.Jan 14, 2013
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Isuzu River as seen from Uji Bridge. Water from this river is used in the shrine's ceremonies and rituals.Jan 14, 2013
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Uji Bridge on the way back.Jan 14, 2013
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Where the people coming and going converge at Ise Jingu's Naiku.Jan 14, 2013
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Much more popular than sake was amazake (sweet sake). This line was too long for me so I skipped it.Jan 14, 2013
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THe rest house had a view of a Noh stage.Jan 14, 2013
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They served free green tea.Jan 14, 2013
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Inside Sanshuden rest house, a nice warm place to rest.Jan 14, 2013
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Sanshuden rest houseJan 14, 2013
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I wondered how much I should donate for this sake. I just dropped a 100 yen coin and probably got 20 yen worth of sake. At Atsuta Shrine (one of Japan's Big Three shrines) in Nagoya, they have a nice big hall where they serve hot tea and sweets for Nothing like that here.Jan 14, 2013
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A sip of sake at this booth. I saw no indications of a fee for this sake, but there was a donation tray right there.Jan 14, 2013
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Ise Jingu shrine maidens look the same as any other shrine maidens. They are likely college students hired just for New Year's to sell goods.Jan 14, 2013
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People still streaming toward Naiku shrine passing through the second torii.Jan 14, 2013
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Kaguraden hall for sacred dances and prayers. 内宮神楽殿Jan 14, 2013
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Imagine providing a service or product for which you need not worry about complaints, defects, malfunctions, errors, or failures. And the customer base is guaranteed forever. Jan 14, 2013
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Snake souvenirs for sale. Major Shinto shrines make much of their income during New Year's.Jan 14, 2013
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The great thing for them is that they need not provide any guarantee that your hopes, dreams, and prayers will come true for you. No such thing as a product warranty nor money-back guarantee.Jan 14, 2013
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Shrine gift shop for amulets etc. Make no doubt, religion in Japan is very big business. They are in the business of selling hopes, dreams, prayers, ceremonies, and amulets. Jan 14, 2013
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Way back.Jan 14, 2013
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Brand new wooden torii.Jan 14, 2013
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It takes 8 years to rebuild the Naiku shrine. So 12 years from now, they will start the rebuilding process all over again. Numerous ceremonies are held for this rebuilding, but only a few of them can be seen by the public.Jan 14, 2013
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This is all we can see of the main shrine building called the Shoden (正殿), the home of Amaterasu. The design of the shrine buildings are especially beautiful and awe-inspiring. Too bad we can't see it. There are photographs (especially by Yoshio Jan 14, 2013
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Roof horns at Ise Jingu's Naiku.Jan 14, 2013
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High walls prevent us from seeing the sacred shrine buildings of Naiku. Photography is not allowed inside these walls so don't try to use a long pole with a camera attached to take pictures. There are guards everywhere. Jan 14, 2013
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Side torii gate at Naiku.Jan 14, 2013
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Small offertory box.Jan 14, 2013
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Look how small the offertory box is at Ise Jingu's Naiku. The one at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo is like half the size of a football field. Of course, Ise Jingu just doesn't have the space for it.Jan 14, 2013
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There was a money box under both the thatched roof and under the slim roof structure next to it. Either way, you can still pray at the shrine. Not a big deal if you don't go through the torii or don't pray from the center spot under the thatchedIt really looked like the people going up on the right edge were exiting without praying at the shrine. Not so. They could also pray at the shrine, but at an off-center position. Jan 14, 2013
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After going through the torii, they could pray at this center position under this thatched-roof gate in front of the shrine.Jan 14, 2013
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The people who went up the right edge of the steps didn't go through the torii and could only pray at a temporary, off-center position under the slim roof seen here on the right of the thatched-roof gate. Jan 14, 2013
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Naiku's bottleneck. These people took at least an hour to climb up the steps to go through this little torii. So it must've taken them at least 2 hours to get here from Uji Bridge. Normally it's a 10-15 min. walk.Jan 14, 2013
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The scene from the top of the steps. People on the right are aiming for the torii. People on the left are shooting up the steps in no time.Jan 14, 2013
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We didn't get to go through the torii, but it wasn't worth the wait. They never explained the difference between staying in the middle of the steps and going up on the right edge.Jan 14, 2013
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The bottleneck at Naiku was this little torii which most people wanted to walk through at the top of the steps. People like me who didn't have time opted to go up the steps on the right side in no time. Jan 14, 2013
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People behind me.Jan 14, 2013
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Close up map of Naiku. An adjacent plot next the shrine is for the next rebuilding of the shrine. The current, 20-year-old Naiku shrine is on an adjacent plot of land. It takes 8 years to rebuild the Naiku shrine. So 12 years from now, they will start the rebuilding process all over again. Numerous ceremonies are held for this rebuilding, but only a few of them can be seen by the public.Jan 14, 2013
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At the bottom of the steps going up to the shrine.Jan 14, 2013
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Naiku torii at the top of the steps.Jan 14, 2013
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On the steps going up to Naiku shrine. This was where it got ridiculous. Literally a snail's pace.Jan 14, 2013
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Naiku shrine and torii are in sight at the top of the steps ahead. We were told that it would take more than an hour just to get up these steps. However, we could walk up the steps quickly on the right edge of the steps.Jan 14, 2013
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Getting closer to the bottom of the steps leading up to the Naiku shrine.Jan 14, 2013
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I could see the heatwaves from the people's bodies. Still inching forward.Jan 14, 2013
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Lot of people here, but it's still not as crowded as Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.Jan 14, 2013
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This is the steps leading to the new Naiku shrine that will be completed this fall 2013. The shrine buildings are already close to completion, but they are covered up.Jan 14, 2013
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Bamboo strips protect the trees.Jan 14, 2013
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About 300-400 meters to the Naiku shrine, it got congested. It took about an hour to reach the foot of the steps going up to the shrine.Jan 14, 2013
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Still walking at a good pace.Jan 14, 2013
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Horse stable.Jan 14, 2013
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We could easily proceed from Uji Bridge to this Daini (Second) torii. So far so good.Jan 14, 2013
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Dip your hands here in Isuzu River. Auto maker Isuzu was named after this crystal-clear river. 五十鈴川と御手洗場Jan 14, 2013
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Another place to purify yourself on the banks of Isuzu River at this place called the Mitarashi. 五十鈴川と御手洗場Jan 14, 2013
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The first torii or Daiichi torii.Jan 14, 2013
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Before praying at the shrine, you're supposed to purify yourself. Wash your hands and rinse your mouth here. Use the ladle to pour water into your hand, then sip the water from your hand. Don't sip the water directly from the ladle. 手水舎Jan 14, 2013
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Water fountain where you wash your hands and rinse your mouth for purification. 手水舎Jan 14, 2013
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Place to dispose of old decorations bought from the shrine.Jan 14, 2013
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Barrels of sake as offerings.Jan 14, 2013
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After crossing Uji Bridge, it is a gravel path to the shrine.Jan 14, 2013
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The other end of Uji Bridge also has a torii gate.Jan 14, 2013
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Uji Bridge goes over Isuzu River. 五十鈴川Jan 14, 2013
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Uji Bridge is also rebuilt every 20 years.Jan 14, 2013
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A guard watching over the crowd crossing Uji Bridge.Jan 14, 2013
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Ise Jingu Shrine's Naiku is officially named, "Kotaijingu" (皇大神宮). It worships Amaterasu Omikami 天照坐皇大御神, the ancestor of the Imperial Family and the tutelary kami of the Japanese people. Naiku was founded 2000 years aJan 14, 2013
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Crossing Uji Bridge, a little over 100 meters long. 宇治橋Jan 14, 2013
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Ise Jingu Shrine's Naiku (Inner Shrine) is the main and most popular shrine at Ise. 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.Jan 14, 2013
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Torii gate at Uji Bridge. Very crowded with New Year's worshippers going for hatsumode prayers.Jan 14, 2013
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Map of Ise Jingu's Naiku Shrine. First you cross Uji Bridge.Jan 14, 2013
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Bus with motif promoting Ise. Going to worship at Ise Jingu is called "Ise-mairi."Jan 14, 2013
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Colorful bus at Ise.Jan 14, 2013
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Inside the bus going to Naiku from Ise-shi Station.Jan 14, 2013
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Bus stop for Naiku Inner Shrine. This is near Ise-shi Station.Jan 14, 2013
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Ise-shi Station platform upon arrival on Jan. 1, 2013. Ise Jingu's Geku Outer Shrine is a short walk from this station.Jan 14, 2013
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Ise-shi Station with kadomatsu New Year's decorations.Jan 14, 2013
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