Diary on a Trip to Ise – Part 3


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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Strange Effects Metals Have on Human Beings


Turning on the TV, I found a TV program featuring Sedona in Arizona, the U.S. According to the program, Sedona is now the second most famous tourist attraction as a spiritual place behind Grand Canyon and the sightseeing for that town is booming.

  • feature 特集する
  • according to A Aによれば
  • tourist attraction 観光名所
  • sightseeing 観光
  • boom ブームになる

The red huge rocks made by nature are magnificent. The color means that the rocks contain a lot of iron. Anyplace with a vein of metals underground can have effects on human bodies.

  • huge 巨大な
  • magnificent 壮大な
  • contain 含んでいる
  • vein 脈
  • effect 影響

One reason that Kukai(空海)chose Mt.Koya(高野山)as a place for Buddhist training was that there was a vein of mercury in Mt.Koya. The vermilion color used for the pillars or walls of temples is made from sulfur and mercury.

  • Buddhist training 仏道修行
  • mercury 水銀
  • vermilion color 朱色
  • pillar 柱
  • sulfur 硫黄

Mercury is poison lethal in human bodies but the undulation it gives off brings about a stable state of mind and concentration. I think the reason that the walls of temples are painted vermilion over and over is to prevent the rot of the wood and to influence human minds.

  • lethal 致死性の
  • undulation 波動
  • bring about A Aをもたらす
  • stable 安定した
  • concentration 集中
  • rot 腐敗
  • influence 影響する

Metals have various good and bad effects on human beings from mental aspects to physical ones. Also, by mixing metals the effects are complicated and wide ranging, which is related to spiritual alchemy in the Western magic arts.

  • various 様々な
  • effect 影響
  • aspect 側面
  • complicated 複雑な
  • wide ranging 多岐
  • related 関係している
  • alchemy 錬金術
  • magic arts 魔術

Sedna has a climate similar to that of desert, so even the clouds of dust there seem to contain iron. Iron is essential for human bodies, contained in vegetables too, though. But too much is as bad as too little. Anything, taken in excessively, causes harmful effects inevitably. If you take in too much iron, it will make you age faster and your skin wrinkle by weakening your cells because iron has strong oxidative effect.

  • climate 気候
  • similar 似ている
  • desert 砂漠
  • essential 必要不可欠な
  • excessively 過度に
  • inevitably 必ず
  • wrinkle 皺になる
  • weanken 弱める
  • oxidative 酸化

As a lot of greedy people who seek for weird experiences begin to come together, any sacred place turns into a bad spot which makes their fortune decline, far from uplifting their fortune, because the ground with a lot of iron inside accumulates bad energy as well as good energy. It is best to do everything in moderation in this world.

  • greedy 欲深い
  • seek for A Aを探し求める
  • sacred 神聖な
  • turn into A Aに変わる
  • fortune 運気
  • decline 下がる
  • uplift 引き上げる
  • as well as A Aだけでなく
  • in moderation 程々に

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