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Sunpu Gate Dedication - Oct 1st

Before the Dedication (11:30 am - 1:45 pm)
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The Formal Dedication (1:45 - 3:30 pm)
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"Pre-Dedication" music by the Japanese Toiko Drummers from Lincoln, Nebraska.  Five songs of very strenuous
 playing using handmade Mallets (Large round Dolling). Click on photos for song info.

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The Master of Ceremonies
the Head Carpenter - Shnichiro Kohama
wearing a modified Uncle Sam hat. 
  Sunpu Gate Area Map Map of the
 finished Sunpu
 gate Area
at left

The Purification Ceremony includes reading of the proclamation from "Sengen Shrine” in front of the tent and
the throwing of water and pieces of white paper representing purifying salt on the wooden Sunpu Gate.   .

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The Leader pays respects with Bow prayer (two bows, two fast claps, another bow). followed by "Box" Toast.
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After reading of the 2nd Proclamation about  the gate, gifts were given. Click on photos for Names

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The Kiyari group (Japanese lumber craft singers) led the procession to the Gate.  The Official ribbon cutting
was held,  followed by going thru the Gate ...

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Continuing on to Mt. Fuij and back.

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Ends with the Sake keg ceremony and various groups photos.  Click on photos for Names

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Sunpu Gate Dedication - Oct 1st

Based on Gallery by MINO STUDIO

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