Oharae, or Great Purification Ceremony, is performed for the removal of all sin, pollution, and misfortune. At Ise Jingu the ceremony is conducted on the eastern bank of the Isuzu River to purify the bodies and minds of the priests and gagaku (ceremonial court) musicians.The full-scale Oharae ceremony involving the entire shrine staff is performed twice a year, on the last day of June and December, this particular ceremony was performed in the Gojo-den belvedere because of the rain.

Oharae, or Great Purification Ceremony, is performed for the removal of all sin, pollution, and misfortune. At Ise Jingu the ceremony is conducted on the eastern bank of the Isuzu River to purify the bodies and minds of the priests and gagaku (ceremonial court) musicians.The full-scale Oharae ceremony involving the entire shrine staff is performed twice a year, on the last day of June and December, this particular ceremony was performed in the Gojo-den belvedere because of the rain.

伊勢神宮   Ise jingu   JAPAN

伊勢神宮 Ise jingu JAPAN

Saijou Shinobu, one of the few women in Japan recognized as a master of the art of "Tokyo Some-Komon" or fine pattern dyeing - a technique used modernly on Kimono. This process is done by hand and requires a tremendous amount of endurance and patience. Fine quality paper with elaborate designs carved into them, known as Ise Katagami, are used as stencils with the dye applied to the fabric by hand.

Saijou Shinobu, one of the few women in Japan recognized as a master of the art of "Tokyo Some-Komon" or fine pattern dyeing - a technique used modernly on Kimono. This process is done by hand and requires a tremendous amount of endurance and patience. Fine quality paper with elaborate designs carved into them, known as Ise Katagami, are used as stencils with the dye applied to the fabric by hand.

Ise-Jingu. Tukiyomi-Shrine. "-"

Ise-Jingu. Tukiyomi-Shrine. "-"

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