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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  • Is a Shinto shrine in front of the Kitakyushu kanmon Strait humanitarian tunnel entrance. Towards the sea there is a Torii. So big shrine but is not, the shrine is.
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  • Friends sad Emperor and nine years, check out 0/200? Saying, from now on also in 1817 built ago? This is a story in the Japan folklore and mythology than another story saying hey. Here is take the seaweed made on new year's eve of lunar calendar (I do not know) is nationally famous (I did not study, but I did not know). Has a long history of extending the stone steps on the surface of the kanmon Strait in front of the kanmon Strait shurine of Emperor Zhong AI was founded 200 years to nine years, age, close sympathy? Seems to be? Hayato, from the Edo period (speed door with Hayato, and also write) and it had been said. I guess because so much in the old shrine, maybe made repair and reconstruction several times. Which was built 1,800 years ago com mouth and of course ○ five did.
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  • Shrine located near the kanmon tunnel at Doll Memorial Service and marine Hilliard. I got a marine Hilliard article. Gate facing the sea was impressive. You can buy a souvenir candy and seaweed.
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