Hello, this is Tommy.
I travelled to Ise Jingu (shrine) in Mie prefecture last month, which is so famous for the Shinto shrine having quite long history and Sikinenn-Sengu, which is the tradition that the shrine has long renovated in every 20 years from more than 1300 years ago. It was so impressive!!
We can pray for Shinto deity in this historical shrine surrounded by forest, which give of an mysterious atmosphere.
Last year, Sikinenn-Sengu has been finished so the site is quite lively in order to see newly built brand-new shrine and many people goes to worship the deity of this shrine.
Sikinenn-Sengu is tradition meaning that we move to Shinto deity (like god in the west) to newly built shrine from old one. The renovation is made every years for Ise Jingu and this events started in 690. By maintaining this tradition, we can preserve original design of the shrine even wooden structure is subject to fire down or corruption long time.
Here we can feel tradition and newly built shrine is auspicious like baby.
In addition, I will recommend one famous Japanese confectionery, Akafuku.
This sweets is famous nationwide and delicious. It is made of sweet bean paste outside and rice cake in side.
With cost only 280yen, you can enjoy 3 pieces of Akafuku and Japanese tea (Bancha) sitting on tatami flooring in the store.
You can go to this traditional shrine one day trip from Tokyo by bullet train (Shinkansen.)
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