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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  • August 14, 2017
    I got his visit of course, but I think the value of this shrine views except the other side of the Strait and kanmon Kaikyo Bridge than the shrine itself. Shrine parking is 10 minutes and depends on luck, but if space please please stop by.
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  • May 31, 2017
    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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  • May 12, 2017
    There was shurine in front of the kanmon tunnel entrance. Facing the sea. There was no because it is winter. Road and rise above from shurine is right next to the tunnel barrier. He reaps the seaweed and the mekari, from lunar new year's Eve new year's day in shurine events held it.
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