JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Ise Jingu Grand Shrine, Geku 伊勢神宮 外宮(豊受大神宮)
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Entering Geku shrine at Ise.149 views
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Ise manhole depicting Ise Jingu pilgrims. Mie Pref.123 views
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Collecting coins at Taka-no-miya Shrine 多賀宮.120 views
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Look how small the offertory box is at Geku.119 views
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Geku Outer Shrine at Ise Jingu.113 views
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Collecting coins.112 views
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Taka-no-miya Shrine 多賀宮67 views
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White rocks to be placed at Ise Jingu Shrine for the rebulding.67 views
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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.66 views
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Taka-no-miya Shrine 多賀宮66 views
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Ise Tourist Information across from the Geku entrance. Very helpful.61 views
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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61 views
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Tsuchi-no-miya Shrine 土宮61 views
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Water fountain where you wash your hands and rinse your mouth for purification. 手水舎60 views
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Sando path to Geku.60 views
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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. 60 views
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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.60 views
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Kaze-no-miya Shrine is dedicated to the gods of wind and rain, essential for farming. 風宮60 views
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Tsuchi-no-miya Shrine worships the god in charge of the land around Geku. 土宮60 views
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Tsuchi-no-miya Shrine 土宮60 views
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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.59 views
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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59 views
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Long line to pray at Taka-no-miya Shrine. "Taka" literally means "many felicitations." 多賀宮59 views
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Outdoor stage at Sengu-kan.59 views
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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.58 views
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The first or Daiichi torii gate.58 views
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A sip of sake at this booth.58 views
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Amulets forsale.58 views
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Geku Outer Shrine58 views
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Taka-no-miya Shrine 多賀宮58 views
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Path to Geku. 第一鳥居口参道57 views
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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.57 views
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Taka-no-miya Shrine, old and new. 多賀宮.57 views
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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).57 views
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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. 57 views
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Old ryokan inn.56 views
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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.56 views
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The new Geku Outer Shrine to be unveiled in Oct. 2013.55 views
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Adjacent pond.55 views
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Kaze-no-miya Shrine 風宮55 views
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Collecting coins at Taka-no-miya Shrine 多賀宮.55 views
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Ise-shi Station. 伊勢市駅55 views
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Kaze-no-miya Shrine 風宮54 views
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Magatama Pond next to Sengu-kan.54 views
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They are renovating the space in front of Ise-shi Station.53 views
   
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