Mie Prefecture Ise Jingu
三重県 伊勢市 神宮
A vehicle for interacting with powerful forces
Ise’s Jingu shrine is a place where we feel pure, and sense holiness. It is not a sanctuary regulated by scriptures and taboos, but possesses a rare perfection as a mechanism that allows people to freely and directly face powerful forces, like life and the universe. In ancient Japan, instead of building grand idols or monuments, people created shrines--yashiro--that embrace the emptiness within. People are inspired by the holiness of the universe, of life, within a pure space erected as a yorishiro for the kami, a physical space or abode that has been cleansed to celebrate the Deity, rather than a solemn Buddhist statue or dazzling architecture boasting of its appearance.