immortal wishes:
labor and transcendence
on a Japanese sacred mountain

Ellen Schattschneider

Duke University Press (2003)


Teaching Resources

Akakura Mountain Shrine Architecture

The Shinden: Interior

The Shinden (innner sanctuary) is the principal sacred space of the shrine complex. A visitor to the shrine should first present prayers in the Shinden (pulling on the bell pulls and tossing a coin into the offering box) before socializing. The Reido ancestor hall is immediately adjacent to this hall (on the other side of the sliding doors on the left.)

This picture shows the Shinden on the morning of the Great Summer Festival in July.

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(Reido ancestor hall)

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