Ise Jingu in Mie Prefecture is Japan's most sacred shrine dating back to the 3rd century.
Ise Shrine actually consists of two shrines: Geku and Naiku. Geku, which dates from the 5th century enshrines the Shinto goddess of clothing, food and housing - Toyouke Omikami.
Naiku, which is two hundred years older, enshrines Amaterasu-Omikami, the sun goddess, the guardian of the nation and the protector of the Imperial family.
In the Naiku Shrine's main administration building music and dance are often performed for worshippers at the shrine.
November 20, 2006.