The official name for Ise Jingu, Ise Grand shrine, is simply ‘Jingu’ and it is the shrine out of over 80,000 shrines throughout the country.
The Jingu of Ise is a shrine where the Emperor prays for the happiness and welfare of the Japanese people. It is dedicated to the worship of Amaterasu-omikami, the goddess of the sun, the most powerful of the Shinto deities. The Emperor of Japan is said to be a direct descendant of Amaterasu. One of the three Imperial Regalia of Japan, Yata no Kagami, a mirror of Amaterasu, is said to be kept at this shrine.
Jingu, which has lasted over two thousand years, is located close by the Isuzu River, where is richly blessed by nature. There are many magnificent, imposing Japanese cedar trees reaching high to the sky inside the grounds of Jingu. Your mind and body are purified by the refreshing “Chi” energy from these trees.
Because I take botanical photos, photographing the forest of Jingu had been one of my goals, a long-cherished desire. In my fortieth year, as a way to mark twenty years for shooting botanical photos, I shot this forest.