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The Shrine Maiden


A summer festival or ‘Matsuri’ as it is called in Japanese moves rhythmically along a quite street in Matsumoto city. Leading the way is a Miko, a priestess who cleanses the path forward. She is followed by the bearers who on their shared shoulders carry the Mikoshi, a portable shrine and temporary home to a Shinto deity. Shinto is the native religion of Japan and worships nature in its many forms both ephemeral and infinite. The groups destination is a permanent shrine where the spirit or ‘kami’ will be returned home. The procession passes by, the bearers chanting together while straining under their heavy wooden load.

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