I went to a very old shrine in Kyoto which is very famous in Japan and is called Heian shrine.
When you go there, there is a very beautiful river and ket you feel nostargic.
This is Heian shirne.
A lot of people were praying.
In 1895, the Japanese industrial exhibition was held in Okazaki as the 1100th anniversary of Heian Kyo, the ancient Kyoto city.
As a monument of the exhibition, Heian Jingu shrine was built as a Shinto shrine that enshrines emperor Kannmu who moved the Japanese capital from Nara to Kyoto. The buildings are 5/8 scale reproductions of Chodoin buildings in Heian-Kyo.
In the Japanese Imperial year 2600 (1940 A.D.), emperor Komei was also enshrined there. He is the last emperor who spent his life in Kyoto.
In 1976, an arson set a fire to the shrine, and 9 buildings were burnt out. Fortunately, the main hall has escaped the fire narrowly. After the incident, people all around Japan made donations,s and Heian Jingu we see today was reconstructed.
In 1994, the celebration of the 100th anniversary was held.
In 2018, some places are under construction.
There is a huge torii gate that welcomes us. It is Oh-torii gate.
Oh -torii was built to celebrate the enthronement of Emperor Showa in 1928. At that time, it was the largest Shinmei style torii gate in Japan.
Its height is about 78 feet and as high as the Summon gate in the Chion-in temple.
Usually, the Torii gate tells the sacred world from the secular one but this torii does not play the role as many torii in Fushimi Inari shrine.
You can see the size of a poll is the same as a taxi.
I found this tree, and a lot of papers tied this tree.
When we go to any shrines, we often obtain fortune slips that are called Omikuji in Japanese.
Omikuji, fortune slips, are obtained by drawing lots in the good or bad luck of events at Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples.
On hatsumōde, many people get lucky charms or draw their fortunes or omikuji.
Many Japanese people pick a fortune slip that tells their fortune of the new year on hatsumōde.
When you draw a bad luck omikuji, tie the strip to the designated place.
It is said that by doing so, you can leave your bad fortune behind.
At this time a lot of people who wore Yukata or Kimono came to the Heian Shrine.
Why don’t you wear Yukata, Samue, and Jinbei and come here?
Samue is loose fitting and it’s comfortable for every body shape.