immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)


Akakura Mountain Shrine Rituals


The Great Summer Festival (Taisai)

The Shinden of Akakura Mountain Shrine, decorated for the main morning of the Great Summer Festival.   The ritual action of the morning takes place within the Shinden and on a bridge that leads from the Shinden to the Honden sanctuary behind it. As at any matsuri (festival)), some merchants (including an ice cream vendor) have set up stalls in front of the shrine.

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