Diary on a Trip to Ise – Part 4

Then Mr.H said to me “There’s an old shrine called Ichi-no-miya of Shima on the seaside of Toba. The road to the shrine is narrow and the shrine is hard to reach, but would you like to go?” Feeling something attractive about the shrine, I decided to go there.

  • shrine 神社
  • narrow 狭い
  • attractive 魅力的な

The narrow forest road often made us hesitate to go on. But since he told me that he had been there before by car, we moved on. The road was narrower than I expected and very bumpy. There were a lot of sharp carves on the way and I often pulled up my car at the corner, saying “Are you serious?”

  • forest road 林道
  • hesitate ためらう
  • bumpy でこぼこの
  • pull up A Aを止める

We continued to go through the thicket, my car’s door mirrors almost touching the trees and plants. It was lucky that there was no oncoming car. An oncoming one could have made me run off.

  • thicket 藪
  • oncoming car 対向車
  • run off 脱輪する

Having managed to pass through the thicket, we reached a beautiful, small cove. I stopped my car and we walked to the shrine on the seaside, Izawa-shrine(伊射波神社). Beyond the Torii, a front guard frame, there was a long, steep approach to the shrine. The approach was so hard to walk on that an old man couldn’t walk. Walking about a hundred meters, I stopped to look back. A very beautiful blue ocean was lying beyond the Torii.

  • manage to~ どうにかして〜する
  • cove 入江
  • approach 参道
  • look back 振り返ってみる
  • lie 横たわる

The sight of the view made me see a vision of an ancient world in my mind, where a strange creature was crawling the approach, whose upper part of the body was that of a human but its lower part was that of a crocodile. The creature’s stomach was bulging out, so I thought it was pregnant. The creature crawled up the steep approach and at the shrine on top of the approach it gave birth to her child. My Kenzoku-shin told me that the child was Toyotama-hime.

  • ancient 古代の
  • crocodile ワニ
  • crawl 這う
  • pregnant 妊娠した
  • steep 急な
  • give birth to A Aを出産する

A behavior of sea creatures like a sea turtle giving birth on land seems to have existed since ancient times. Sand of a beach is not suitable for lay an egg in terms of heat humidity retention, so such sea creatures must have climbed a mountain to lay an egg. Thanks to this vision, I understood that Sandou(参道), an approach to a shrine, means Sandou(産道), a birth canal, and that Ubusuna(産土), a birth place, means Ubusuna(産砂), sand for childbirth.

  • behavior 行動
  • suitable 適した
  • humidity retention 保湿
  • mean 意味する

Then I remembered seeing the same kind of vision at Kotohiragu(金刀比羅宮) in Shikoku district. I feel that, in many parts of the world on the Pacific Ocean of ancient times, there existed creatures of spiritually half-human and half-crocodile for a short period of time in human evolution. They lived in a half-material, half-spiritual world in a super ancient time before this world was materialized.

  • district 地方
  • part 地域
  • exist 存在する
  • evolution 進化
  • materialize 物質化する

Descriptions of such creatures are found here and there in Japanese myths. They are like characters of anime, but the authors of the myths or legends might have just described the truth. The modern science completely denies the human evolution from spiritual beings to material ones.This is why it cannot unlock the secret of how life came into being.

  • description 描写
  • myth 神話
  • deny 否定する
  • unlock 明かす
  • come into being 生じる

The name of Izawa is the same as the name of Izawa-no-miya(伊雑宮). The two shrines are near to each other. “Izawa” suggests the deity who “induces and unites” and also the goddess who reconciled her parents, Izanagi and Izanami.

  • each other お互い
  • induce 促す
  • unite 統合する
  • reconcile 和解させる

I also feel in the word “Izawa” the existence of Jews who came to Ise in ancient times. I perceived the existence of the prophet called Isaiah,too. I think the custom inherited by people in Ise of putting up Shime-nawa, a rope used to cordon off consecrated areas or as a talisman against evil, at their entrances is derived from the custom that was practiced by Ancient Jews. I was impressed by a lot of shrines in Toba where deities are still spiritually active.

To be continued.

  • existence 存在
  • Jews ユダヤ人
  • perceive 近くする
  • prophet 預言者
  • derived 由来する
  • impress 感銘を与える

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te  A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

I AM GRATEFUL FOR BEING KEPT ALIVE

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