Ise Shrine

The shrine and treasure house structures contained within the sacred precincts at Ise may draw upon the form of early rice granaries, or storehouses, which were raised on platforms to remove them from dampness and covered with simple but massively overhanging thatched roofs. The left image shows such a granary, located in the Hida Folk Village, a reconstructed rural complex near Takayama. The comparison shows the similar roof materials and profile used in the farm and shrine types, and the elevation of their main rectangular enclosures on wooden stilts.

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