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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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  • This shrine has been enshrined as a god of safety journey in Kanmon straits. Its Torii gate faces to the ocean. Traditional religious music were played around the shrine. I prayed a safe travel in Kyu...  more »
  • Nice little shrine purported to be the oldest in northetn Kyushu, worth a visit if you are in Mojiko and have taken the trail along the sea front to Norfolk Paza and beyond. Right opposite is the foot...  more »
  • Under the kanmon bridge. 0/200 founded the shrine is Heike pray for the victory of the battle of 壇之浦, and the northernmost tip of Kyushu Shinto shrine (of course w), the company hardest is mow wakame, cut the shoots tribute to the Imperial Court that the ritual is followed from the Nara period. View kanmon bridge from large ships passing through the kanmon Strait from the precincts of the shrine is that history and just below is quite surreal. This is the place you want to recommend to overseas.
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