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Shiken Sengu Ceremony at Ise Jingu Shrine, Japan: Shikinen Sengu 式年遷宮 is the reli­gious ceremony to cel­e­brate the con­struc­tion of a new shrine and trans­fer of the enshrined object from the old to the new one and held in every 20 years. Its pur­pose is to keep the holy envi­ron­ment pure and clean, rep­re­sent­ing the ever­last­ing power of God. This year is this 20 years from the last one and it proceeded peacefully on 2nd, October, 2013.

Shiken Sengu Ceremony at Ise Jingu Shrine, Japan: Shikinen Sengu 式年遷宮 is the ceremony to cel­e­brate the con­struc­tion of a new shrine and trans­fer of the enshrined object from the old to the new one and held in every 20 years

倭姫宮|内宮(皇大神宮)|神宮について|伊勢神宮 やまとひめのみこと  倭姫命

倭姫宮|内宮(皇大神宮)|神宮について|伊勢神宮 やまとひめのみこと 倭姫命

The priests of Ise Shrine, Japan: Among thousands of Shinto Shrines in Japan, Ise Shrine, located at Ise city in Mie Prefecture, is treated as the most sacred place from time immemorial. It is dedicated to the goddess of sun, also of the universe – Amaterasu-omikami. She is the major deity of the Shinto religion.

The priests of Ise Shrine, Japan: Among thousands of Shinto Shrines in Japan…

Japanese shrine maiden, miko

Beautiful Reflection of Japanese shrine priestess, Miko 巫女

These are miko shrine maidens performing a special Shinto Shaden Kagura dance ritual during the annual On-Matsuri festival, a traditional Shinto religious festival held at the Kasuga Wakamiya Shrine in the ancient Japanese city of Nara, Japan. In older days, miko were considered shamans, but today they take on a more lighter role as priestesses or ceremonial duties.

These are miko shrine maidens performing a special Shinto Shaden Kagura dance ritual during the annual On-Matsuri festival, a traditional Shinto religious festival held at the Kasuga Wakamiya Shrine in the ancient Japanese city of Nara, Japan.

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