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Japan’s holiest shrine is pulled down and rebuilt every 20 years – on purpose

The shrine has been rebuilt 62 times. Image: Sakaori (Creative Commons License)

Sean Fleming

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Image: Ise-Jingu Shinto shrine
People walk through a wooden torii gate to pay their respects at Ise Grand Shrine also known as Ise Jingu shrine, Japan's oldest and most important Shinto shrine which enshrines Amaterasu Omikami, sun goddess and the ancestral goddess of the Imperial family, in Ise, Mie prefecture, Japan
People walk through a wooden torii gate to pay their respects at Ise Grand Shrine also known as Ise Jingu shrine, Japan's oldest and most important Shinto shrine which enshrines Amaterasu Omikami, sun goddess and the ancestral goddess of the Imperial family, in Ise, Mie prefecture, Japan Image: REUTERS/Issei Kato

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