JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when traveling.


Last additions - Ise Jingu Grand Shrine, Geku 伊勢神宮 外宮(豊受大神宮)
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They are renovating the space in front of Ise-shi Station.Jan 14, 2013
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White rocks to be placed at Ise Jingu Shrine for the rebulding.Jan 14, 2013
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Ise-shi Station. 伊勢市駅Jan 14, 2013
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Magatama Pond next to Sengu-kan.Jan 14, 2013
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Outdoor stage at Sengu-kan.Jan 14, 2013
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Sengu-kan Museum includes a scale model of the Geku shrine as well as a life-size facade of the main shrine building. Don't miss this museum. Jan 14, 2013
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A new museum called Sengu-kan to commemorate the shrine's rebuilding for the 62nd time (since over 1,200 years ago).Jan 14, 2013
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Taka-no-miya Shrine, old and new. 多賀宮.Jan 14, 2013
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Collecting coins at Taka-no-miya Shrine 多賀宮.Jan 14, 2013
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Collecting coins at Taka-no-miya Shrine 多賀宮.Jan 14, 2013
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Taka-no-miya Shrine 多賀宮Jan 14, 2013
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Taka-no-miya Shrine 多賀宮Jan 14, 2013
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Long line to pray at Taka-no-miya Shrine. "Taka" literally means "many felicitations." 多賀宮Jan 14, 2013
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Taka-no-miya Shrine 多賀宮Jan 14, 2013
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Tsuchi-no-miya Shrine 土宮Jan 14, 2013
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Tsuchi-no-miya Shrine 土宮Jan 14, 2013
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Tsuchi-no-miya Shrine worships the god in charge of the land around Geku. 土宮Jan 14, 2013
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Kaze-no-miya Shrine is dedicated to the gods of wind and rain, essential for farming. 風宮Jan 14, 2013
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Kaze-no-miya Shrine 風宮Jan 14, 2013
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Kaze-no-miya Shrine 風宮Jan 14, 2013
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After praying at Geku, most people also visit three nearby affiliate shrines: Kaze-no-miya, Tsuchi-no-miya, and Taka-no-miya. This is Kaze-no-miya Shrine. 風宮Jan 14, 2013
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Adjacent pond.Jan 14, 2013
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Collecting coins.Jan 14, 2013
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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. It takes 8 years to rebuild the Naiku shrine. So 12 years from now, they will start the rebuilding process all over again.Jan 14, 2013
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The new Geku Outer Shrine to be unveiled in Oct. 2013.Jan 14, 2013
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Geku Outer ShrineJan 14, 2013
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Look how small the offertory box is at Geku.Jan 14, 2013
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Entering Geku shrine at Ise.Jan 14, 2013
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Geku Outer Shrine at Ise Jingu.Jan 14, 2013
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Amulets forsale.Jan 14, 2013
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A sip of sake at this booth.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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Sando path to Geku.Jan 14, 2013
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The first or Daiichi torii gate.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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Path to Geku. 第一鳥居口参道Jan 14, 2013
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Geku entrance. Toyouke Omikami is also the god for food, clothing, and shelter. Geku was founded about 1,500 years ago.Jan 14, 2013
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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.Jan 14, 2013
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Ise Tourist Information across from the Geku entrance. Very helpful.Jan 14, 2013
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Ise manhole depicting Ise Jingu pilgrims. Mie Pref.Jan 14, 2013
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Old ryokan inn.Jan 14, 2013
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Sando path from Ise-shi Station to Ise Jingu Shrine's Geku Outer Shrine. A short walk. You're supposed to visit Geku before Naiku.Jan 14, 2013
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I noticed that Geku was much less crowded than Naiku and apparently most people visit Naiku only. Lantern along the path to Geku.Jan 14, 2013
   
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