Ise City, located on the southeast coast of Japan, is home to the country’s oldest Shinto shrine. The Naiku shrine is dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami. Worshippers there give offerings to natural elements, such as the sun, trees and mountains, as well as to ideals of fertility and the family. But during inclement weather, fewer people visit, and there are fewer offerings to finance the shrine’s maintenance.
Bad weather in December, the busiest time of year for visitors to Japan’s s
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