Architect

Ise Shrine

No specific architect is credited with the design of Ise, and its features belong to indigenous traditions of rural construction that have no clear or single point of origin. Teams of craftsmen attached to the Imperial household would have erected the original structures at Ise; to this day the ritual rebuilding that occurs every 20 years is accomplished by skilled masters of the traditional crafts represented in the early chronicle above. In a concession to modern technology, much of the splitting, planing and finishing that would once have been accomplished by hand is now automated.

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