The G7 summit of 2016 is to be held at Ise-Shima close to the original sacred Shinto shrines of Japan, (Ise) Jingu. “Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday Japan will host next year’s Group of Seven summit of major industrialized countries in an area of central Japan close to a grand Shinto shrine…” (link to Mainichi newspaper’s article).
But shortly, what is this mysterious grand Shinto shrine, or “Jingu”?
The ancient original Jingu (shrines) consist of the Naiku (inner shrine) and the Geku (outer shrine). The Naiku, founded some 2000 years ago, is where Amaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess who is thought to be the ancestral kami (deity) of the Imperial Family of Japan, is being worshiped. At the about 1500 year old outer shrine (Geku), Toyouke Omikami, the kami of agriculture and industry (and also the one who brings sacred food to Amaterasu) is being worshiped. The Jingu has been used for worship for generations after generations, and the G7 summit 2016 will surely bring about new visitors for a better understanding of Japanese history and culture.