2-1  Reconstruction of a Yayoi Period (300 BCE or earlier - 300 CE) village at the Osaka Prefectural Museum of Yayoi Culture. The building with the light front may have been an early shrine.
  2-2  Izumo Shrine, the oldest in Japan
  2-3  Izumo Shrine is periodically reconstructed, as shown in this 2012 photograph
  2-4  Main compound at Ise Jingu, the imperial shrines dating back to prehistoric times. Beginning in the 7th century, the shrine has been rebuilt every 20 years, a major effort involving 65 buildings and 16,000 artifacts.
  2-5  Subsidiary building at Ise. The small structure on the right indicates where the replacement for the shrine on the left will be reconstructed after 20 years.
  2-6  Subsidiary building at Ise, located in a forest
  2-7  Interior of a shrine in Takahiho, Kyushu, where the grandson of the sun goddess descended to earth. The mirror in a Shinto shrine is one of the three symbols of divine authority, the other two being the sword and the jewel.
  2-8  Main sanctuary at Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, dating to the late 6th century
  2-9  Y asaka Shrine in Kyoto, founded in 656
  2-10  Kamigamo Shrine in Kyoto, dedicated to the kami of thunder. Founded in 678
  2-11  Torii (gates) at Fushimi Inari-taisha in Kyoto, dedicated to the fox kami. Established in 711
  2-12  Shinto priest officiating at a Shinto ceremony
  2-13  Tanzan Shrine in Sakurai, originating in early Shinto-Buddhist syncretism. Designated as a purely Shinto shrine in 1868.
  2-14  Yomeimon Gate at Toshogu, Nikko, where the ashes of Tokugawa Ieyaseu are enshrined.
  2-15  Famous three monkeys at the Sacred Stables, Toshogu Shrine
  2-16  Kashihara Jingu, Kashihara. Constructed in 1889 to enshrine the legendary first emperor, Jimmu, and consort. Built in the style of a palace
2-17  Kasuga Shrine, Nara
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