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The Approach To Japanese Sanctuary

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The shrines and temples in Japan cannot be separated from the nature that is around them such as woods, approaches and gardens. The external appearance of five-storied pagodas in their precincts is in harmony with nature rather than soaring into the sky. The Meiji Shrine in Tokyo although located in the midst of the busy city, is surrounded by the forest of Yoyogi. The annual open-air Noh play dedicated to the shrine on 10 October is an amazing spectacle, performed as it is in the solemn but inspiring environment provided by nature itself. The shrine made the writer to feel closer to the gods. The main buildings of the Grand Shrine of Ise are rather small and quite simple with well-ground tree ornaments on the roof, but the long gravel-paved approach surrounded with ancient trees made the visitors feel quite pious as they advanced.

Keywords: Grand Shrine; Ise; Japan; Meiji Shrine; Noh play; pagodas; temples; tree ornaments; Yoyogi



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