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Ridge Beam Ceremony Day - Sept 24th

Gate Construction Day 3

Today, construction continues with the tile installation on the main "beam" over the Sunpu Castle Gate Replica.  Besides the tile wire tie down, a cement mixture of straw, sand, lime and water was used to hold the tile in place. (see mixing photo)

Area landscaping was started. Signs with Japanese writing were installed near the Luaritzen Gardens' road and on backside (Southside) of the gate.

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Red Torri Gate and Mt Fuji "Shrine"

Mt Fuji "Shrine", a small unpainted hand crafted Torri style gate, was made and temporarily installed on top of the mini Mt. Fuji. A second larger hand crafted Torri Gate was made to be paced at the base of the steps leading to the top to Fuji. (See Map of Sunpu Gate Area for location of Mt Fuji)

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Torri Gate and
 Mt Fuji "Shrine"
are at bottom
 of the map
 at right
Sunpu Gate Area Map

Ridge Beam Ceremony

It is similar to Shinto Blessing Ceremony. Mid way in the ceremony everyone, (standing in two lines) pulled on the rope attached to the gate. This symbolized everyone working together on the gate. It was followed by the pounding on the ridge (side) beam. This was symbolized testing of structure to withstand storms. Next the tiles were passed down the line to the gate (see photo with camera), and up to the ridge Beam.

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Ridge Beam Ceremony Day - Sept 24th

Based on Gallery by MINO STUDIO

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