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Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine : The God Of Marriage

Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, also known by its official name Izumo Oyashiro, is in the city of Izumo on the western edge of the Shimane Peninsula. As one of the most old, famous, popular, and most important shrines in Japan, over 8 millions of tourists visit Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, especially young visitors come to prey faithfully as Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine is the god of marriage, they ask the god to find their best partners.

According to the unique folklore, the millions of gods throughout Japan gather at Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine to attend the conference opened every October by lunar calender, the general agendas of the conference may decide the birth, matchmaking and death. However, the matchmaking only became famous as The Grand Shrine dedicated to Okuninushi no Okami, the greatest hero in Japanese Mythology and he had many love affairs.

According to Kojiki (Records Of Ancient Matters) and Nihonshoki (Chronicles Of Japan), Izumo Taisha was built when Amaterasu-Omikami, the sun goddess and the mother goddess of the Imperial Family, created a massive palace with pillars set deep into a rock in the abyss for Okuninushi no Okami, the King of Izumo, to gain his country, it is named 'Kuni-Yuzuri (transfer of the country)'. The current inner shrine, measuring 24 meters height, was build in 1744, and designated as a national treasure in 1952. However, According to a counting hymn in Heian Period, it tells 'the first is Izumo Thaisha Grand Shrine, the second is the Daibutsuden Hall in Nara and the third is the imperial palace', the height of the secondary tallest building is 45 meters tall, so the height of Izumo Tahisha Grand Shrine may be 48 meters tall. Now the evidence of the counting hymn was excavated in 2000. The remains presumed to be a part of the giant pillars of the huge inner shrine were discovered from the grounds under Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine. The remains shows that three logs might be bundled together to make up a giant pillar, this is closely resemble the diagram of the shrine's architectural design shown in Kanawa-no-gozouei-sashizu (purported ground plan for the building) that has been kept by Senge Kokusho family who has preserved Izumo Thaisha Grand Shrine as the Shinto priest for thousands years. This historical discovery shows that the counting hymn might be real and the Giant Inner Shrine over 48 meters tall might be existed in ancient time. In addition, the Shimenawa rope decorated in front of the inner shrine is the largest in Japan, its weight is about an 5 tons.

The Shrine Spirit of Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine has relocated every 60 years for thousands years, and the present inner shrine, designated as a national treasure, was built and the shrine spirit was settled there in 1744. The relocation of the shrine spirit has been the traditional ceremony, it held in 1809, 1881, and 1953.

When you visit and worship at Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, you would pass four shrine gates, o-torii (big gate), seimon-tori (the front gate), the gate at seidamari and do-torii (copper gate) on the approach to Izumo Taisha Front Shrine (worship hall). O-torii standing by the Ugabashi bridge on Shinmon-dori is 23 meters tall. The approach called Seidamari (agora) is covered with pine trees, and connects to Harai-no-hashi bridge, and finally it reaches to Aragaki (the shrine fence).

After passing under the do-torii (copper shrine gate), you will find Izumo Taisha Front Shrine, the hall is 13.5 meters tall and made of Japanese cypress, was reconstructed in 1959. Izumo Taisha Front Shrine bulking little to left as it is to visitors to be able to look into the inner shrine roof. By the time, Heisei relocation was completed, the front shrine is being used as the temporary residence of Okuninushi no Okami

In general, the style of the ceremony for shrine worshiping is adopting two bows, two hand claps and a final bow, but the procedure at Izumo Taisha is unique that it adopted two bows , four hand claps and a final bow.

Lafcadio Hearn, also known as Yakumo Koizumi, loved Japan and Japanese culture first visited Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine in 1890, he got much impression and stated that Izumo is the land of gods. The dignified appearance of the inner shrine (main hall) with the Chigi material on the roof, soaring to heaven as if entering the clouds, as well as the dignified mood embracing the entire shrine grounds, including the aura emanating from the dense forest lying between Mt.Yakumo and Misen, might also give amazing experiences to be feel the existences of gods to foreigners like Hearn. Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine known as the shrine where the god of invitations to beautiful encounters is living, and the legend is that all the gods throughout Japan gather here in the Kamiarizuki (October according to the lunar calendar) to discuss matchmaking. Thus, many young people visit this shrine and clap their hands to ask for their own delightful encounters.

Why don't you visit Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine? You could find your wonderful encounter on your life.


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