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Hot Art: Temple Mounts at the Japan Foundation

Photo by Haruo Nakano, courtesy of the Japan Foundation

MARCH 15 TO JUNE 30 For almost 2,000 years, Japan’s Grand Shrine of Ise has been a holy site for followers of the Shinto religion, who journey to worship the goddesses Amaterasu-omikami and Toyouke no omikami—as well as another 123 deities whose shrines are also located in Ise City. The Japan Foundation presents a visual pilgrimage courtesy of photographer and Ise native Haruo Nakano. Printed on handmade washi paper and framed with timber harvested from the shrine’s forest, the images showcase how people, nature and spiritual concerns exist in harmony at one of Japan’s most sacred places.

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