Established 2700 years ago by Emperor Jimmu, the Japanese monarchy is the oldest continuing hereditary monarchy in the world, and according to Shinto, the Emperor Jimmu was a direct descendant of Amaterasu-ōmikami, the Shinto goddess of the sun. For that reason, the shrines enshrining members of the Imperial family have a distinctive status, recognizable by the term Jingū attached to the shrine’s name.
One of the best known Jingū shrines is Meiji Jingū, in Tokyo, which enshrines Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. An architectural masterpiece, Meiji Jingu is one of the must see places for any visitor to Japan…
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: