Today’s interesting tour took us to two separate and distinct places in Nagoya.
The Atsuta Shrine is the second most important Shinto shrine in Japan. It dates to the first century. It is over 2000 years old, is a whopping 2.2 million square feet and attracts over 9 million visitors annually.
This young couple was bringing their infant to be blessed as is their custom here.
These containers are all from breweries that want their product blessed.
Sacred hand cleaning is important.
Here you shake a box-like container and a number pops up. Then you can pay to learn your fortune. Funny.
The next stop was the Toyota Techno Museum.
It turns out that Sakichi Toyoda started in textiles and invented the first power loom entering production in 1918.
He sold out in 1929 and gave his son, Kiichiro, the proceeds to develop automobile technology. Their first passenger car was built in 1936. They did not invent the auto; they just perfected it and the system to build.
Note that the family name has changed from Toyoda to Toyota. The family changed it because Toyota has eight Japanese characters and that is a Japanese lucky number.