What's a Torii doing in Granite Falls?なぜアメリカに鳥居?

2008.03.29: 日米関係Culture Shock

Shinto Shrine in Granite Falls

From when I was a little kid growing up in Seattle, my parents had a cabin outside of Granite Falls. We would drive up there practically every weekend in the summer, and every time we would pass this interesting arch. I had no idea what it was, but then when I got into college and first visited Japan, I saw something similar at Shinto Shrines. I finally put 2 and 2 together, and realized there had been a shrine in Granite Falls, the Tsubaki Grand Shrine -- the first shinto shrine in North America. Check it out at www.tsubakishrine.org. The priest, Rev. Barrish, does an impressive "o-harae" ceremony.

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