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The establishment of this shrine goes back 1500 years. This is an "en-musubi" shrine where people visit to pray for good luck in finding love. En=liaison or relationship, musubi or musubu is the verb meaning to tie a knot. Thus the word en-musubi could be translated to Relationship establishment in English. This day, they were preparing for a night wedding. These two ladies in uniform are called Miko, or Miko-san in more familiar terms. Miko is literally "shaman woman", "female shaman, or spirit medium" who convey oracles from Kami=spirit or divine, and currently means a "shrine maiden; consecrated to a deity" who serves at Shinto shrines. Shinto= “kami no michi” literally means the way of the divine. It is an indigenous religion of Japan. The ceremony begins by a procession of two individuals, lead by two Mikos followed by Gakuninn= instrument players. If the ceremony is to take place after 16:00 hours, Bamboo made Andonns= lanterns are placed on the ground to illuminate their way. This day I encountered two Miko- sans by accident, so I asked if I could take a photo of them. Gracefully, they accepted my proposal, thus this photo.

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