Kimpo Shrine's main building structure is open to the public on few occasions.
Inside of the main shrine building
A wooden sign with a Japanese calligraphy of Kimpo Shrine.
Wooden statues of horses are found.
Many paintings of horses are on display-- can be traced back to the Meiji era (circa. 1900)!
All these are horses.. yes, more than hundreds of them!
The main shrine is in public view only on a few occasions occasions such as Reitaisai, or the annual public ritual. Kimpo Shrine held its Reitaisai last week, in which we had a precious opportunity to catch a glimpse of some important articles.
At the ritual, attendee gathered to pay a visit to the honden, or the main shrine, where the most important articles are enshrined. The oratory and the main shrine are connected with a long walkway, which is accessible only to the Shinto priests.
A purification ceremony before the main ritual begins in the building.
Now following the priests into the shrine..
The ceremony begins.