Ise Shrine

According to one early chronicle, the imperial Princess Yamato established the site of Ise in 70 A.D. while searching for an appropriate place to worship the Sun-Goddess, Amaterasu Omikami. Legend has it that the Sun-Goddess had appeared to the princess at Ise telling her that she would like to dwell in its secluded comfort. The picture shows the modern-day Shinto priests that reside at Ise observing a river-opening ceremony that involves the distribution of blessed crytomeria branches to ranks of kneeling accolytes.

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