Diary on a Trip to Ise – PART 7

After finishing my job, on the last day of my stay in Ise, I changed my clothes, put on the best suit I had brought with me and headed for Naiku(内宮)of Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮). It is not how much your suit is that matters but how much consideration and thoughtfulness you try to show to God, which is the very offerings to God.

  • head for A Aに向かう
  • whether S+V SがVするかどうか
  • consideration  配慮
  • thoughtfulness 思い遣り
  • offering 捧げ物

Every time I visit Naiku, I often see a “guru” taking his several female believers along with him. One of the gurus I saw was wearing tattered shirt and jeans and carrying a backpack with his hair in disorder. He put an empty bin with a Sakaki plant in it on the top of the hedge in front of the main building of Ise Grand Shrine without permission and read a shinto prayer aloud. The female believers behind him looked ashamed. Other visitors in suit were directing a suspicious look at him. They looked sad because the guru was ruining their special occasions.

  • every time S+V SがVする度に
  • tattered ボロボロの
  • empty 空の
  • hedge 垣根
  • permission 許可
  • ashamed 恥じて
  • ruin 台無しにする

I perceived an ascetic monk who died crazed possessing the guru, so I thought words would be wasted on him. It is shameful that such weird persons do what they want at other shrines than the main building of Ise Grand Shrine where security guards keep an eye. If you find such a strange guru in front of a main building of a shrine, it’s better to make a bow at a distance or visit there again later because while you close your eyes and concentrate behind such a person, it’s possible for you to receive his spiritual dirt.

  • perceive 知覚する
  • ascetic monk 修行僧
  • crazed 狂って
  • shameful 残念な
  • keep an eye 見張る
  • at a distance 距離を置いて
  • dirt 垢

I went to the reception desk of the shrine office to hand over all of my Ofuda in my house because I had had a divine message that I should take them to Naiku. The five Ofuda should’ve been light, but when I put them on the hands of a priest, his hands were lowered under their heavy weight. The Ofuda were mediums for deities to settle on, so their accumulated spiritual magnetism must’ve been huge. At this time, I managed to return the holy energy of Kunitsu Kami(国津神) to Naiku.

  • reception 受付
  • hand over A Aを渡す
  • divine 神の
  • lower 下げる
  • medium 媒介物

After this, I went to the guard office to apply for a special visit that allows you to go inside the hedge in front of the main building of Naiku. But a ceremony that celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Emperor’s marriage were being performed at the time, so I prayed to God in front of the main building of Naiku and headed for Geku(外宮), instead.

  • apply for A Aを申し込む
  • allow A to~  Aが〜するのを許す
  • celebrate 祝う

When I got to the guard office in front of the main building of Geku to apply for a special visit, a pleasant, young shinto priest with short hair made the arrangement. He led me inside the small door and performed a purification ceremony with salt. I walked a path in the left side of the building led by him, passed through the gate, and stepped into the inside of the hedge.

  • get to A Aに着く
  • pleasant 爽やかな
  • purification 浄化
  • path 小道

The white stones on the ground were much larger than I had thought. Walking after him, I was looking down all the way. His wooden shoes with a high heel sometimes inclined because the ground paved with large white stones was uneven. I got a little bit worried about him.

  • all the way ずっと
  • wooden 木製の
  • incline 傾く
  • get worried 心配する

I stood in front of the main building and prayed to God. I got refreshed very much. I didn’t hear any construction noise outside somehow. Only a silent world was there. The white large stones were giving off special magnetism. The thought energy of priests and visitors was accumulated in the stones. I suppose that one of the reasons that all the buildings and stones of Ise Grand Shrine are renewed every twenty years is that the memory capacity of the stones fill in twenty years. Then, I left for the last shrine to visit that was located on the way back home from Geku.

To be continued.

  • get refreshed さっぱりする
  • construction 工事
  • silent 静寂の
  • give off A Aを放つ
  • suppose 思う
  • renew 新しくする
  • memory capacity 記憶容量
  • locate 位置する

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Diary on a Trip to Ise PART 6

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Then next, we visited Saminaga shrine(佐美長神社) near Izawa-no-miya(伊雑宮). I had never been to the shrine. It was a small shrine without a resident shinto priest, but it was very clean and pure. What I always feel amazing about Ise Grand Shrine is that any small shrine belonging to Ise Grand Shrine is spiritually clean and pure. The style of the main buildings of these small shrines are the same, a miniature of the main buildings of Naiku and Geku. But just preserving the traditional architectural style doesn’t keep the shrines spiritually clean.

  • shinto priest 神官
  • miniature ミニチュア
  • preserve 保持する
  • spiritually 霊的に

Well, what keeps them spiritually clean and pure? I gave it a thought walking in the precinct of Saminaga shrine surrounded by trees. Looking down at the grave path, I found that there was no fallen leaves on it. There being a lot of trees in the precinct, a lot of leaves should fall on the ground. Yes, there is someone who keeps it clean with care every day. Such labor and cost for the maintenance would be huge.

  • give A a thought Aを考えてみる
  • precinct 境内
  • surround  囲む
  • grave 砂利
  • huge 莫大な

In the World of Reality, it is human beings with God inside that make the holy energy manifest itself by taking care of shrines which are made from natural trees and stones. Human beings are a precious, important part of nature.

  • holy 神聖な
  • manifest oneself 顕現する
  • precious 尊い
  • part 一部

The next day, we went to MIshio-dono shrine(御塩殿神社), where salt is made used at Ise Grand Shrine. It owns a salt farm and they make salt by boiling sea water with a large caldron. Unexpectedly, the seawater for the salt farm is taken from Isuzu river. There is a water intake near the shrine, where the river flowing through the town and seawater join together. I got worried a little, thinking that domestic wasted water might mix in the river, for I had thought that the seawater is taken at some deserted coast.

  • own 所有する
  • farm 田んぼ
  • caldron 釜
  • intake 河口
  • domestic 家庭の
  • deserted 人気のない

During the two days of my trip, I visited not a few small shrines. Every time I visited a shrine, I just left my gratitude toward God there, saying “I am grateful for being kept alive.” As I offered my gratitude for being kept alive to the shrines I visited over and over, I was gradually filled with energy mentally and physically. I felt as if God said to me “Then, I’ll keep you alive.”

  • not a few A たくさんのA
  • every time S+V SがVする度に
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち
  • fill 満たす

The next day was the last day of my trip to Ise. After finishing my work, I was going to undergo a special shinto ceremony at Naiku and Geku of Ise Grand Shrine for the first time. Having made donations to Ise Grand Shrine many times before, I had a lot of special tickets for the ceremony. But I had failed to receive the ceremony because of timing and its dress code. I said goodbye to Mr.H in front of the entrance of Geku. It was getting dark outside.

To be continued.

  • undergo 受ける
  • ceremony 儀式
  • donation 献金
  • fail to~ 〜しない

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Diary on a Trip to Ise – Part 5

We left Izawa shrine for Izawa-no-miya. Until we got there, I was feeling as if I was carrying something heavy on my back. It’s like I was carrying on my back Kunitsu-kami (国津神)or a number of ancient nameless deities. As I was walking the approach to the main building of Izawa-no-miya, I felt my body was getting lighter and lighter. There is a well on the left side at the halfway point of the approach. The thought that the princess Yamato-hime made her ablutions at the well a long long time ago impressed me very much.

  • leave A for B  Bに向けてAを出発する
  • as if S+V SがVするかのように
  • a number of A 無数の
  • deity 神
  • approach 参道
  • ablution 沐浴

Since Heian period, a public movement by local residents has been taking place over and over, which advocates that Izawa-no-miya is the true main shrine in which Amaterasu-o-ho-mi-kami resides. In Edo period, about 50 townspeople who asserted that Naiku of Ise Grand Shrine was lower in rank than Izawa-no-miya were arrested for defamation of royalty and were exiled to an island. It is said that some of them died there with much regret.

  • movement 運動
  • advocate 主張する
  • reside 住む
  • assert 主張する
  • defamation 中傷
  • exile 追放する
  • regret 後悔

The Watarai family(度会家), a representative shintoist, comes from the area Izawano-mi-ya is located. They claimed that Toyouke-o-kami(豊受大神)of Geku of Ise Grand Shrine, Ameno-minaka-nushi-no-kami(天御中主神) and Kunitokotachi-o-kami(国常立太神) are the same god and it’s one of the highest ranking deities. That is, the people’s passion for the deity of Izawa-no-miya has been very strong down the ages.

  • representative 代表的な
  • claim 主張する
  • down the ages 大昔から

Why is it so? This has to do with the rice harvest culture of Japan. A lot of rice has been produced from the area since a long time ago. This is why the local people’s faith in the deity of Izawa-no-miya has been very strong. The relative affluence of the area has enabled them to have mental allowance.

  • have to do with A Aと関係がある
  • harvest 収穫
  • produce 生産する
  • enable 可能にする
  • allowance 余裕

In fact, even when people living in areas other than Isobe-cho were suffering from poor harvest, only people living in Isobe-cho or other nearby areas could have a good harvest and prevent insect affection, as long as they never fail to perform religious ceremonies. This is because the area has had the shrine Amatera-su-oho-mi-kami resides and she blessed humans in this World of Reality with rice, which originally comes from the World of Gods. The history of Izawa-no-miya is much longer than that  of Naiku of two thousands years. I feel that the excavation and research of the site can trace the first year of the foundation of Izawa-no-miya back to Jomon Period.

  • other than A A以外の
  • suffer 苦しむ
  • prevent 防ぐ
  • never fail to~ 必ず〜する
  • bless A with B AにBを授ける
  • excavation  発掘
  • trace 辿る

The official mark of Izawa-no-miya has been a six-pointed star formed from two equilateral triangles for a long, long time. While the mark, Star of David, has been made much of in Judaism, Izawa-no-miya exceeds Judaism by far in terms of its long history of using the mark as its heraldic emblem.

  • official 公式の
  • triangle 三角
  • Star of David ダビデの星
  • make much of A Aを重要視する
  • exceed 超える
  • Judaism ユダヤ教
  • heraldic emblem 紋章

In the Bible, Manna is described as the food which descended from above and multiplied in the vase. Rice also increases in volume when it’s put in water and heated. Rice is pronounced as “Kome” and Manna as “Mana” in Japanese. I feel these two words refer to the same thing.

  • describe A as B AをBと描く
  • descend 降りる
  • refer to A Aを指す

The word money is derived from Manna. In Japan, the market of rice in the Kansai region is said to be the origin of modern pricing financial derivative. The currency that humans should use and God would approve of must’ve been food. Food rots when saved long, so people cannot help but distribute it before it rots.

  • be derived from A Aに由来する
  • region 地方
  • origin 起源
  • currency 貨幣
  • approve of A Aを認める
  • rot 腐る
  • distribute  配る

The pronunciation of Manna means “the most sacred thing” in Hawaii. I feel that a certain continent, which used to be on the Pacific Ocean in ancient times, was the center of rice farming. Some humans ran away from the continent before it sank in the water and managed to reach Hawaii and the offshore of Ise. Then they dispersed in every direction, holding the common memories in their hearts.

To be continued.

  • sacred 神聖な
  • certain ある
  • continent 大陸
  • the Pacific 太平洋
  • sink 沈む
  • offshore 沖
  • disperse 散る

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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

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Diary on a Trip to Ise – Part 3

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I met with Mr.H living in Ise, and we decided to go into the woods as far as the source of Isuzu river (五十鈴川)because visiting common places would be boring. On the way, I found a small local shrine near Naiku (内宮)called Uji shrine(宇治神社). Its deity is called “god of foot” and I hear some famous marathon runner visits this shrine to pray.

  • source  源
  • shrine 神社
  • on the way 途中で
  • pray 祈願する

When passing the shrine by car, I perceived strong spiritual energy of a fox spirit. Unfortunately, a lot of negative energy of human greed was accumulated there and its original function was hidden. According to Mr.H, the shrine had existed before Niku was founded and it’s the center of the indigenous faith. Some people suspect it used to be the true Ise Grand Shrine. Because of my Kenzokushin’s order, I decided to visit the shrine again on the way back.

  • perceive 近くする
  • unfortunately 残念なことに
  • greed 欲望
  • accumulate 蓄積させる
  • indigenous 土着の

The forest road along Isuzu river was very narrow and dangerous. It was within the holy precincts of Ise Grand Shrine and general people other than inhabitants were prohibited from entering it. The road was so narrow that two cars couldn’t pass each other. On the left side of the road was the precipice of the river. I drove carefully with a truck for forestry or a local person’s car often coming from the opposite direction.

  • narrow 狭い
  • precincts 境内
  • other than 以外の
  • prohibit 禁止する
  • precipice 断崖

Historically speaking, the whole basin of Isuzu river belonged to Ise Grand Shrine, but parts of the area were registered by private citizens after the World War Ⅱ under the direction of GHQ, General Headquarters of the Allied Forces.

  • historically speaking 歴史的に言えば
  • basin 流域
  • register 登録する
  • direction 指示

Going up the river a little, I found the river suddenly narrowed. I was very surprised to see a lot of megalithic groups near or in the river. There were some gigantic stones as large as a house. Such a scenery is peculiar to Ise, I thought.

  • narrow 狭くなる
  • suddenly 突然
  • megalithic group 巨石群
  • peculiar 特有の

Ancient gigantic stones called Iwakura(磐座) are where God descends on. They function as memory devices for spiritual energy of Holy Spirit. The larger a stone, the more spiritual energy it can amass.

  • ancient 古代の
  • descend 降臨する
  • device 装置
  • amass 溜め込む

I felt that this geological formation where a lot of gigantic stones lie has something to do with the reason why Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami(天照太御神) chose Ise as the sacred place of God. I suppose that there are a number of gigantic stones as large as a house deep under the ground of Naiku and Geku(外宮)of Ise Grand Shrine.

  • geological formation 地層
  • have something to do with A Aと何か関係がある
  • sacred 神聖な
  • suppose 仮定する

After looking at the megalithic groups along the river, I visited Uji shrine. This shrine is outside the jurisdiction of Ise Grand Shrine. There was a signboard in front of the main building, on which the names of deities and famous historical people were written. This way of spelling their names is wrong, I thought.

  • jurisdiction 管轄
  • signboard 掲示板
  • building 建物

Looking at a small mountain in front of the main building casually, I felt strong holy energy. The mountain itself must’ve been a super gigantic stone. Then I got a vision that ancient people are performing rituals regarding this gigantic stone as Iwakura. I thought the rumor that this shrine might be the origin of Naiku is not altogether unreasonable. After this, I headed for a much more dangerous spot.

To be continued.

  • casually 何気なく
  • ritual 儀式
  • rumor 噂
  • not altogether 完全に〜という訳ではない
  • head for A Aに向かう

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Diary on a Trip to Ise – Part 2

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After eating Ise-udon, I started walking to the Ise Station, when I found a shrine next the one in front of the restaurant. The same Inari-shin(稲荷) as that of Geku was enshrined there. I thought “I knew it.” The faith of Inari-shin had spread all over Ise.

  • enshrine 祀る
  • faith 信仰
  • spread  広がる

I got into my car I had parked at a coin-operated parking and headed for Yamato-hime-miya(倭姫宮). It was near the town and a good, quiet shrine with a long approach surrounded by the deep forest.

  • coin-operated parking コインパーキング
  • head for A Aに向かう
  • approach 参道
  • surround 囲む

I feel that Yamato-hime, an Imperial princess and the originator of a shinto priest, was a lady whose face was round with the forehead bulging a little bit. Her face shows that she was a strong-willed and hot-tempered woman. Such a  woman is most suitable for divine possession. Though she may not have been happy as a woman, she was loved by Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami(天照太御神).

  • Imperial 皇室の
  • originator 始祖
  • round 丸い
  • forehead 額
  • divine 神の

Then I visited Tsukiyomi-no-miya(月讀宮). I didn’t expect for anything special there, but it was a good shrine, too. There were four buildings side by side in the precinct. Tsukiyomi-no-mikoto(月讀尊) was enshrined in the two buildings each, and Izanagi-no-mikoto and Izanami-no-mikoto were enshrined in the other two buildings.

  • expect 期待する
  • side by side 並んで
  • precinct 境内
  • each それぞれ

As soon as I prayed in front the building of Tsukiyomi-no-mikoto, I unexpectedly felt the energy of Susanoo, which is an important hint as to the mystery of the true identity of Tsukiyomi-no-mikoto. If the four buildings represented that Susanoo, who strayed from his parents according to Kojiki, Japan’s oldest historical record, and his parents, the meaning of three deities being enshrined together would be more clear.

  • as soon as S+V SがVするとすぐに
  • unexpectedly 意外なことに
  • as to A Aに関する
  • true identity 正体
  • represent 表す

Tsukiyomi-no-miya is near Naiku(内宮), so it looks like Amaterasu-oho-mi-kami is watching over by her brother and parents. Though the description about Tsukiyomi-no-mikoto disappears abruptly in Japanese myths, I believe the name Tsukuyomi-no-mikoto is an alternate name of Susanoo in Yomi-no-kuni, the nether world.

  • watch over A  Aを見守る
  • abruptly 唐突に
  • myth 神話
  • alternate 別の
  • nether world 黄泉の国

Lastly, I drove to Mt. Asama on the highway Ise-Shima Skyline, reaching it just in time for its opening hours. I climbed to the top of the mountain because it was an important point for sun worship. It being evening then, there was something mysterious, or an aura of the nether world, about the temple at the top.

  • in time  間に合って
  • sun worship 太陽崇拝
  • aura オーラ

Then I left there for the observation platform. There was a footbath there and around it I found some debris of Iwakura, a rock where divine energy falls down. I was immersed in my feelings for a while, thinking about Mt.Hakusan.

  • observation platform 展望台
  • debri 残骸
  • be immerced in A Aに耽る

I drove down to the town for a business meeting and the first night of my business trip to Ise was over. I was to go out with the local man in quest of Ise the next day. It was something of an adventure.

To be continued.

  • stray off 
  • quest 探索
  • something of a A ちょっとしたA
  • adventure 冒険

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Diary on a Trip to Ise – Part 1

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Late in March, I was told by a client company to go on a business trip to Mie prefecture. It was a three-day trip beginning from April 8. The next morning, while I was performing a shinto ritual, my Kenzoku-shin informed me that this business trip would be very important, and ordered that I should bring all the kami-fuda(神札), a kind of talisman issued by shinto shrines, in my house with me.

  • client  顧客
  • prefecture 県
  • ritual 儀式
  • inform 知らせる
  • issue 発行する

Luckily, I happened to have nothing to do on April 9, so a local person, who lived in Ise and was related to the client company, offered to be a guide to show me around great spots in the nature of Ise that only local people knew.

  • happen to~  たまたま〜する
  • show A around B AにBを案内する

On the first day, April 8, I left my house before dawn and arrived at the company in Mie prefecture around 9:00. I finished almost all the work by noon, so I headed for Geku(外宮) of Ise Grand Shrine(伊勢神宮).

  • dawn 夜明け
  • almost ほとんど
  • head for A Aに向かう

Getting to the main entrance of Geku, I was surprised to see a lot of trucks and heavy machines in the precincts. They were for Shikinen-sengu ceremony(式年遷宮), where the buildings in Ise Grand Shrine are all rebuilt every twenty years. The water in front of the main building was being drained. I went to the front of the main building to pray, with heavy machines making a lot of noise.  Unusually, I didn’t feel anything special while praying. I just dedicated my gratitude to God for all people, including me, being kept alive.

  • heavy machine 重機
  • precinct 境内
  • rebuild 改築する
  • drain 排水する
  • pray 祈る
  • gratitude 感謝の気持ち

Then I went to another building called Taka-no-miya(多賀宮)in Geku, where I perceived the same symbol of Polaris with strange color that I felt every time I go to the main building. I wondered if the deity moved there because of the construction. The local person I met the next day told me that the name Taka-no-miya is derived from the fact that it was at a higher place than the main building. (“Taka” means “high” in Japanese)

  • perceive 知覚する
  • Polaris  北極星
  • construction 工事
  • be derived 由来する

After visiting Geku, I walked to Tsukiyomi-no-miya(月夜見宮). There was an elementary school on the way. It was break time of the school, so I heard a joyful, energetic voice of the children playing on the schoolyard.

  • elementary school 小学校
  • on the way 途中で
  • schoolyard 校庭

Hardly had I reached Tsukiyomi-no-miya when I perceived figurines in the shape of a fox and an altar, which were in front of a hole of a big tree in the left side of the main building, emitting spiritual magnetism. I had an interest in it. The local person said to me “Neighbors must’ve put those things without permission. Jingu side seems to be overlooking it in deference to the faith they have.” The figurines and altar, I felt, were not put for such a simple reason. The people in the neighborhood have had an  indigenous faith so firmly since a long time ago that Jingu side cannot help but admit it.

  • figurine 像
  • altar 祭壇
  • emit 放出する
  • magnetsim 磁気
  • permission 許可
  • overlook 大目に見る
  • indigenous 土着の

Having visited Tsukiyomi-no-miya, I felt like eating Ise-udon, so I went to a famous restaurant near Uji-Yamada station. The Ise-udon served there was much more delicious than that in other restaurants for tourists and it was quite reasonable in price and amount. A lot of local people were coming into the restaurant one after another. The restaurant is a good restaurant loved by the local people, I thought.

To be continued.

  • feel like ~ing 〜したい気がする
  • one after  another 次から次へと
  • to be continued 続く

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