saijou 斎場
KEY WORD : architecture / shrines
1 An area temporarily purified to erect temporary buildings and facilities for performing the *daijousai 大嘗祭, a ceremony in which the new emperor communes with the Shinto gods and goddesses. See *daijoukyuu 大嘗宮.

2 The name of the sanctuary, shinden 神殿, at Yoshida Jinja 吉田神社 in Kyoto.

3 A funeral hall or place for funerals like Aoyama Saijou 青山斎場 in Tokyo.

4 Any site where Shinto rituals are performed. Often white sand or white pebbles are laid at these sites to create an ora of purity.


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