2014 / Ise Shrine photography exhibition to open in Los Angeles, Dec. 6 – 27

(C) Sanjiro Minamikawa

Ise Shrine priests are making their way in a rainy day for monthly “Tsukinami-sai” ceremony at Naiku (the inner shrine)   (C) Sanjiro Minamikawa

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles presents Photo Exhibition by Sanjiro Minamikawa  “The Heart of Japan” 62nd Jingu Shikinen Sengu at Ise from Dec. 6 through Dec. 27 at its Doizaki Gallery, 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Opening reception will be held on Dec. 6, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Doizaki Gallery. Open to public. Admission free.

Jingu, also known as Ise Jingu, is located in the city of Ise, Mie Prefecture.

It is a Shinto shrine complex composed of 125 sanctuaries including Naiku, where Amaterasu-Omikami (the deity of the sun) is worshiped, and Geku, where Toyouke-Omikami (the deity of agriculture and industry), is worshiped.

The shrines and buildings within the sanctuaries are reconstructed and all sacred treasures, clothing, and offerings made to the shrines are renewed every 20 years.

The fact that the same technology and traditional methods from 1300 years ago are used to reconstruct the shrines is what makes this sacred place simultaneously ancient, yet new.

This whole process called Shikinen Sengu takes 6 to 7 years to complete, and the final phase includes a ceremony in which the respective deities are transferred to the new buildings.

Photographer Sanjiro Minamikawa documented the 62nd Jingu Shikinen Sengu which was completed in 2013.


The Japan Foundation Los Angeles Lecture Series

Shikinen Sengu: Heart of Japan Captured by Photographer Sanjiro Minamikawa

Tuesday, December 9, 7:00 pm

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, 5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Admission free. RSVP Required.

In his lecture, Mr. Minamikawa will use his visual documentation of the ceremony to demonstrate how traditions are passed on from one generation to the next, as well as the coexistence of nature and humanity.  This talk will be in Japanese with English interpretation.