日本での一年間

November 25, 2010

Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine

Filed under: Chuugoku, Domestic — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 5:19 am

A few weeks ago, while traveling, I met a Japanese person who knew nothing about the prefecture I live in. And she asked me, “What’s famous about that place?” My best answer: the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine. During the 10th month, all the Shinto gods gather at this very shrine.  (I say 10th month instead of October because I’ve heard conflicting information about whether this means the 10th month of the Gregorian calendar or the Lunar calendar. ) In other parts of Japan, this month is called the month without gods (神無月), but around here, it is known as the month with gods (神有月). Why do the gods all converge on this one location you ask? Why, to decide who will marry who of course! At the shrine, they sell charms to give you good luck with marital bonds(縁結びお守り).  The most famous part of the shrine is under construction from now until 2015, so I was unable to photograph that. But I got some pictures of other cool parts.

Izumo Taisha gate

The gate at the front of the shrine. I like the person taking a funny picture by the gate.

hand washing

Gotta wash your hands when you go to the shrine. Young and old alike.

rope1

A famous view of Izumo Taisha Shrine. This buidling is called Kaguraden.In the background, you can see someone trying to toss a coin into the rope. If you can get a coin to stick in the rope, it's said to be lucky.

Shimenawa

A little closer view of the rope. It's called a Shimenawa and it's said to ward away evil spirits. This is the largest one in Japan. It is 13.5 or 44 ft meters long and weighs 5 tons.

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