Cultural Enrichment Activities - Atsuta Shrine Visit
On Friday, April 23rd, for the first Cultural activity off Campus of the Spring semester 2021, NUCB International students went to Atsuta Shrine in downtown Nagoya.
Students from India, France, Malaysia, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Japan enjoyed the experience to visit one of Shinto’s oldest and most important Shrines and a popular tourist spot to feel the ancient culture of Japan. Originally founded about 1900 years ago, Atsuta Shrine is a particularly important site in Japanese history. It holds in particular the sacred sword Kusanagi-no-tsurugi (草薙剣), one of the Imperial symbols.
The tour of the Shrine and its beautiful garden was led by volunteers from CESA who taught about Aichi’s rich history as well the etiquette in a Shinto shrine. international students also experienced traditional Kishimen udon noodles, a specialty of Nagoya, in the garden of the temple.
Before ending the visit, CESA students explained how to draw and read “Omikuji”, the one thousand years old tradition to predict one’s fortune for the upcoming year.
Atsuta Shrine is located in the southern part of Nagoya within “Atsuta Forest”. Originally founded about 1900 years ago, Atsuta Shrine has been one of the greatest centers of worship in Japan from ancient times.
The Shrine was chosen as the site for storing the sacred sword Kusanagi-no-tsurugi (草薙剣), one of the Imperial symbols. Ever since Atsuta Shrine has been specially revered by people, ranking second only to the Great Shrine of Ise with around nine million visitors annually.
CESA / Cultural Exchange Student Association
The Cultural Exchange Student Association (CESA) is a student-formed association to integrate Japanese students and international students at NUCB.
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