Duke University Press (2003)
The Reido (Ancestral Shrine)
Immediately to the right of the Shinden, stands the the Reido ancestral shrine (topped by a smaller roof than the Shinden). The two shrines shared a wall of sliding doors and may be opened up to one another.
Kuyo (memorialization of the dead), a vital emphasis of ritual action at Akakura, is centered on the Reido. During shugyo (ascetic discipline) ascetics spend at least an hour per day praying in the Reido. Each morning, a special offering tray of food, sake and water is presented to the ancestors in this shrine. Several votive paintings adorn its walls, and several sacred sculptures are kept in its front alcove.
In front of the Reido stand two memorial lanterns and a covered statue of the the community's most revered ancestor, the shrine founder
On the right is visible the covered walkway that links the Shinden
and Reido to the living quarters. Visitors may walk under this walkway
to reach the rear area of the shrine complex, where the Honden,
Dragon shrine, Godaimyoo, 33 Kannonsama and Mieido are located.