Friday, June 26, 2015

"Rabbi, when camest thou hither?" - Imperial Shinto Rites

Around Tokyo

Imperial Shinto Rites

One interest thing about Japan: Shinto rites practiced by the Emperor in the Imperial Palace, Tokyo, 30 times or so per year.

For this purpose, a shinto shrine, consisting of three wooden buildings, is installed in the Palace.  The Emperor usually wears traditional clothes when he performs this sacred duty.

Interestingly, the Empress, born in a normal (though very rich) family without an inherent linkage to the imperial shinto but raised in Catholic environments, is said to be very devout in supporting the Emperor for shinto rites.

The Emperor in Rites in Shrine in the Imperial Palace

The Emperor at Official Work

For example, in coldness of winter, the emperor sits and prays in a sacred room for an hour or more without heating during his religious performance.  It is accompanied by physical pains.  As the Emperor is now so old, some rituals might be simplified, but he insists to carry it on.

The point at issue is if you don't perform sincere and strict religious rituals 30 times or more yearly in Japan, you cannot be respected by the general public as much as the Emperor.

In China and Korea, their Presidents are not linked with any traditional religious authority.

Japan represents East Asia.

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Joh 6:25 And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?
Joh 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.