This is the final set of pictures from my trip to Ise, visiting Naiku shrine.
More information on the shrine at:
The chief priest or priestess at Naiku most come from the imperial family. It said that 2,000 years ago the daughter of an emperor set out for twenty years in search of a permanent place to worship Amaterasu.
The shrine buildings and Uji bridge are rebuilt every twenty years. This is done out of the Shinto belief of death and renewal of nature along with the impermanence of all things. Also it is used as a way to pass on building techniques to the next generation.
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