Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ise Grand Shrine (Ise Jingu) and an Akafuku, the red bean mochi

Ise Grand Shrine so called Ise Jingu is located in Mie prefecture and it is a shinto shrine dedicated to the goddess Amaterasu-omikami. There are two main shrines in Ise Jingu called, Naiku and Geku.

Amazingly this Ise Jingu was founded about 2000 years ago and it is described in the Japanese oldest books, “Kojiki”and “Nihonshoki” edited about 1300 years ago.
Many generation of our ancestors have worshiped at the Ise Jingu.

In the city of Ise, there is a main street called “Okage Yokocho”and you can enjoy having their famous Ise noodle or Akafuku mochi, which is a rice cake covered with red bean paste and even souvenirs of Ise.

Akafuku house there was established in 1707 as a tea house to welcome visitors of Ise Grand Shrine and it is considered to be a “must visit” place when you visit Ise. And this Akafuku mochi is indeed delicious!