mit_souko (mit_souko) wrote,
mit_souko
mit_souko

Japan October visit [continued]

It was a long train ride from Sendai to Ise-shi, a first time visit. The Shinto shrines of Ise [Inner, or Naiku, and Outer, or Geku] are very ancient. The original  ones were built in the 7th century, and first rebuilt in 692. Ever since, they are rebuilt every 20 years. They will do it again next year. They are situated in a beautiful, ancient forest of cryptomeria trees.

My friend Aya-san came over from near Kyoto the next morning, and we set off to walk to the Outer shrine of Ise or Geku.
At the time, there was only a light drizzle. Unfortunately, as we kept going, the rain increased, to become a downpour. By the time we got to the Inner Shrine, it was a downpour. Since it was Sunday, there were many tourists, and we trudged on, I should say sloshed on, in spite of it. On occasions like this, I always wear rubber soled shoes, carefully waterproofed, as is the lower part of my pants. Of course I had a raincoat and an umbrella. Nevertheless, I got wet. Aya-san's boots had water in them. The stairs to the shrines were real cascades... I couldn't take any pictures, being afraid of ruining my camera. So I guess I will have to return on some dry day in the future.

Luckily, the next day was bright and sunny, if windy and a bit chilly. I had decided to go to see Meoto Iwa, the famous "wedded rocks". It is a short train ride from Ise-shi. When you arrive at the coastline, though, what you first notice are frog statues.


big frog
Then another one:
more frogs







But then, you get a first distant view of the rocks. They represent Inazagi and Inazami, the two gods of the Shinto creation story.

view of rocks
closer

The frogs are a symbol of the Okitama shrine, which is right there, where Miketsu no Kami, the ancient goddess of food, is revered.

The water fountain also has many frogs:

frog fountain
Believe me, there are more, I just didn't photograph them!

Another item of interest is a tiny red shrine in front of a small cave. Ameratsu, goddess of the Sun, is supposed to have hidden in this cave for a while.


tiny shrine

I then went to Kashikojima, in the south of the Ise peninsula, from where one can take a boat to visit Ago Bay.

I have some pictures of the bay I will post soon.
Subscribe

  • Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

    At the end of March we visited a state park about an hour's drive norhtwest of Las Vegas, the Valley of Fire. The name is a bit overdramatic,…

  • Canyon de Chelly.

    We spent time looking at the many ruins. Virtually every cave has ruins. Some have crumbled, but in most cases they remain, with the walls fairly…

  • A short trip to Northern Arizona

    I spent last week in Northern Arizona, for a return visit to some ancient sites I particularly like. We went north from Flagstaff to the Cameron…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments