Ise Jingu (Naiku)

What is the True Japanese Spirit?

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What is the True Japanese Spirit?

Here is our heart’s birthplace.
Our restless traveler’s spirit
Finds itself, again, a child.

These are the words of Eiji Yoshikawa dedicated to Ise Jingu. These words, “heart’s birthplace,” have become a representation of the temple itself. However, Eiji Yoshikawa was born in Yokohama. Most who visit Ise Jingu were born somewhere far away and rarely ever recall childhood memories while roaming its grounds.

So, what is the “heart’s birthplace” of Japanese people at Ise Jingu? Through Ise Jingu, we will show you a "journey of what it means to be Japanese".

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