Then went to Ise Jingu, or Oise-san, the primary destination this time as the new year worship the shrine. First, paid the respects at "Outer Shrine (Toyouke Grand Shrine)". As crossed the left side of Omotesando Hiyokebashi Bridge, the entrance to Outer Shrine, entered the realm of the gods and the air was filled with freshness.
Worshipped "the main building" of Outer Shrine. Toyouke Omikami, the goddess of food, clothing, shelter and industry, is enshrined here. Would like to begin by expressing the deepest gratitude to all of the health, food, clothing and housings in the very difficult year for the world.
Next, went to "Takanomiya", the first of the four branch shrines of Outer Shrine. The deity worshipped here is the Aramitama of Toyoike Omikami. Because of its location on a high (taka) hill, the shrine was known as Takanomiya (Highland Palace) in ancient times.
Also worshipped "Kaze no Miya (Wind Palace)" and "Tsuchinomiya (Earth Palace)". According to Western astrology, since the end of last year the earth has entered the "Age of the Winds" and this year the world is entering a more borderless age of knowledge and information. This year will be even more borderless, an age of knowledge and information, an age of sharing rather than ownership. So this year, paid the respects here with particular care.
Then went to "Inner Shrine", Kotai Shrine (Imperial Shrine)". At Ujibashi Bridge, a Japanese cypress bridge over Isuzu River, walked on the right side . There are large torii gates on both sides.
After crossing Uji Bridge, at the end of Shinto Garden, a garden of the gods, a gentle slope on the right hand side of the approach leads down to Mitarashi (washing place) on the bank of the Isuzu River. It is said that in the days when there were no hand-washing stalls, worshippers used to purify themselves here.
There is a legend that Yamatohime no Mikoto, who was on a journey to find a place to enshrine Amaterasu the god, rinsed the skirt of her costume. Because of this legend, the Isuzu River is also called the "Mimo-Susogawa". Could enjoy the clear and transparent stream here. The sunshine was dazzling, and the flow of the river has not changed since ancient times.
After purifying the minds, worshipped "the main shrine" with gratitude. No photography allowed.
Went to the second largest shrine after the main shrine, the Arasatsuri Shrine. This is where the Aramikotama of Amaterasu is enshrined. While the gentle workings of God's soul are called "nigimitama", "aramitama" is a rough and majestic soul. It is said that there is a custom to visit the shrine when starting something. What shall start this year?
After being completely refreshed both physically and mentally, went to a famous restaurant in Ise, "Gyoza no Misuzu", to take out some gyoza, dumpings. It is said a Michelin-listed restaurant.
Then bought Matsusaka beef at Asahiya, a famous meat shop in Tsu.
People in Mie seem to like Matsuzaka beef, and the meat shop is crowded.
Headed to Kyoto and went to Minokichi in Kawaramachi for dinner. On the cover paper, there was a picture of Goten-hina. It's already March, the Peach Festival.
Freshly pressed, unpasteurized sake.
The lunch box was full of everything from sashimi to simmered and grilled dishes. It was a feast.
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