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Mekari Shrine, Kitakyushu

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Mekari Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Moji-ku, Kitakyūshū, Fukuoka, Japan.HistoryThe wife of Emperor Chūai, Empress Jingū, came here sometime during the legendary military invasion of Korea in the 3rd century. She had Mekari Shrine built as a way of giving thanks to the gods to whom she was indebted. The present main shrine was rebuilt in 1767 by the Ogasawara clan from Harima.Mekari Shinji Shinto ritualIn the shrine’s Shinto ritual called Mekari Shinji, wakame seaweed is cut from the ocean at low tide and offered to an altar in a ceremony conducted in the early morning hours of the first day of the New Year according to the old lunar calendar. The ritual is thought to bring about good luck and has been designated an Intangible Folk Cultural Asset by Fukuoka prefecture.
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  • On new year's day ⛩ are visited by many people. Torii and towards the sea, the sea shrine in a special atmosphere. Fortune also fugu (Blowfish) Hoek is a shop. Feel the story of the history of Japan, visited the shrine, so would suggest.
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  • Facing the kanmon Strait. Very large Torii gate will welcome us, but site not layed. Descend the stairs and sea. Like would be seen in good weather, also on the grounds is spectacular.
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  •  Appearance on big boat goes to boat tours is a tourist attraction, is damned to say such a thing, but this place is like crazy in front of current flow.  Is the current flow fast when it hit, and on the other side until 5-is really powerful and it continues to be washed away with great vigor in front of 600 m away from the laden vehicles before large ship from. It is recommended to watch it.  Because it changes direction every six hours in quite a fast flow.
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