A: Nara-prefecture

08/12/2013

Kasuga Grand Shrine in Nara prefecture Japan

Kasuga Grand Shrine is a Shinto Shrine,

which was designated as a world heritage site in 1998.

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It has a long history.

The shrine was built about 1300 years ago.

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It is believed that gods stay on trees.

So Shinto Shrines protect trees in and around shrines as "Gods' trees".

You shouldn't touch these trees, because it is said that such bad behavior brings you

serious penalties.

Unfortunately, many Japanese people who don't have enough knowledge

touch these trees nowadays, but you shouldn't imitate their behavior.

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Kasuga Grand Shrine is surrounded by the old forest.

In the forests, we can see a lot of deer.

Deer are considered as messengers from Gods, so they are also protected.

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There are many lanterns in the shrine.

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Most of them were offered by citizens.

These lanterns are lit at night in August14th and August 15th.

It's a lantern festival.

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This shrine is famous for the wisterias.

They are very beautiful.

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Kasuga Grand Shrine is my favorite Shinto shrine.

I hope you enjoy the great atmosphere of old Japan.

link : Nara City Sightseeing Information Center

http://narashikanko.or.jp/en/

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