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This photograph is taken in Meiji Shrine in Tokyo Harajuku. It is the great purification on June 30 on that day. Shinto priest and prayers gathered in one corner of the site of a shrine, and the ceremony was held. Great purification is based on the traditional view of the Japanese us, and it aims at exorcising impurity of one's mind and body, and other sins and faults of everything leading to a calamity so that it may be diligent in a daily life in an always clean feeling. This event made the origin "Misogi-harai" of Izanagi no Mikoto looked at by the Kojiki and Nihonshoki myth, and great purification has been performed also in the Imperial Court for many years. After medieval times, it spreads as one of the annual events in each shrine, and has become a customary type of many shrines now. From Japanese ancient times, it are performed twice per year of June 30 and December 31. The great purification in June is called the purification of "Nagoshi no harae". This is a spectacle which a ceremony finishes, and Shinto priests walk along an approach to a line, and return to a shrine office. Although I also aged, there are many traditional events in which I do not know unexpectedly.

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