Okuni of Izumo, the founder of kabuki theatrical art, is believed to have been a miko at Izumo Grand Shrine. A miko is a shrine maiden who plays an assisting role to a shinto priest, but in ancient times, she was more like a shaman or prophet.
When I visited the shrine, the mist veiled the mountains in the background. Suddenly I felt the time moving very slowly and my mind was drifted away to the ancient times.
On June 30, the last day of waterless month, oharae (a purification ritual) will be performed at this shrine. This is an age-old Shinto custom to purge oneself of everyday sins. It is also to pray for good health throughout long hot summer months.
Izumo, Japan III
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Media: Original watercolor on paper
Image Size: 11.5 x 8.25 in.