It was my birthday yesterday, but I was not home, I was in Ise City.

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Blog entry by Junji posted 12-13-2009 04:22 PM 2007 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was my birthday yesterday, but I was not home, I was in Ise City.
Yes, there was a concert there and I stayed there a night.
Ise is just like Mecca of Shinto in Japan, there are 2 big shrines there so I went to both of them before the rehearsal and before the concert.
I thought some of you might like these photos so I am uploading some.

First I went to Geku, it was only 15 minutes walk from the hotel I stayed, so I went there after breakfast before I left there for the concert.

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This is at the entrance, and you wash your hands.

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Some of you like these lights???

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The main place of Geku.

And here are some photos of Old town Ise.

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This is Tatami mat store, but I am not sure if they even open the store?!?

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And this is a bicycle shop.

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Oyster bar.

After the rehearsal I went to the other shrine, Naiku, the bigger one.
I never thought there were such many people coming and visiting that shrine, but I am now sure this is one of the most famous shrine in Japan!

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the front approach to Ise Shrine, Naiku.

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One of the oldest sweet shop in Ise, Akafuku.

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And this is the Main place where you pray!

I believe many foreigner come and visit Kyoto or Tokyo, but Ise may be another nice place to visit. (But it’s a bit far from anywhere…)

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#1 posted 12-13-2009 04:29 PM

That was fun..thanks for the tour!


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#2 posted 12-13-2009 04:32 PM


may all of your prayers be answered ,

and all your days ,
long and happy ones !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 12-13-2009 04:36 PM

Thanks barbs.

And thank you David.
Yes, my prayers were so many and maybe too long that I was closing my eyes about a few minutes in front of the god today at the shrine. Maybe the god can’t remember them all? Well, the health of my family came first, so I hope he can remember that one.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#4 posted 12-13-2009 04:59 PM

Greetings Junji: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JUNJI. Sorry this is late, but we didn’t know it was your b.d til today. Thanks for the pixs tour of Japan. It is beautiful there. I spent nearly a year in Yokohama in the hospital there during the Viet Nam war. Wish I would have gotton to see more of it. How did the concert go? Did you have a big crowd to play for? Keep working on those wood projects, and keep us posted. Keep on keeping on…............

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#5 posted 12-13-2009 05:12 PM

Happy Birthday Junji!

Thank you for the tour.
Japan is a beautiful place & I hope to visit there some day.
Until then, I will rely on friends like you to show me.

May you families’ health be good forever.

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#6 posted 12-13-2009 05:34 PM

otanjobi omedetto gozaimasu!

Do you know if they actually do much woodworking in Ise, or is most of the work done elsewhere and brought to there? It would be nice to find a woodworking business there, wouldn’t it? As a Japanese, you would have the chance to live and work there if you wanted to.

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#7 posted 12-13-2009 06:50 PM


-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 12-13-2009 07:04 PM

Happy Birthday – 御誕生日おめでとう
Sorry if the symbols/characters is wrong.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 12-13-2009 07:20 PM


Thank you the nice tour.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 12-13-2009 09:22 PM

Happy Birthday Junji. Praying for your family’s good health shows that you are a wise man. I am sure that because of this your life will be blessed. Thank you for for the enjoyable tour of these important shrines. I hope your concert will be a success.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 12-14-2009 12:03 AM

Happy birthday, your trip looked like fun.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#12 posted 12-14-2009 01:57 AM

Everybody, Big thank you for your words!!!
The hall we played there was not so big but at east full of people there and I think they enjoyed the music very much.
I believe there are a lot of woodworker there since they are making new shrine building one after another, we call these carpenters, Miya-Daiku. Yes, it’s true that you can live as Miya-daiku anywhere is Japan if you want to, but I guess they usually start their carrier really young…
But since so many people visit there everyday, you can open a workshop/store at the front approach to the shrine, that would be really nice. They really buy “Omiyage”, souvenir!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#13 posted 12-14-2009 02:58 AM

Happy Birthday my friend. My birthday is also in December, the 17th. Having a birthday so close to Christmas has never worked out well for me! Thank you for sharing your trip with us. Tell us a little more about the shrines. Are they for different Gods? How many Gods are there? What religion would these be for? I hope these questions are not too ignorant.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#14 posted 12-14-2009 04:24 AM

Happy Birthday Juni!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 12-14-2009 02:01 PM

Happy Birthday Junji! Thanks for the great tour. I hope you got some pictures of the woodworking in the shrines as well. The work of the Miya-daiku must be fascinating to see firsthand!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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