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Ise. City in Japan containing the Ise shrines. The Inner Shrine is dedicated to Amaterasu, and the Outer to Toyouke Okami, in addition to which there are various other shrines. Under State Shinto, Ise became the shrine of the whole nation. Attempts were made here to absorb Buddhism (see HONJISUIJAKU) in Watarai Shintō, often known as Ise, or Outer Shrine, Shintō. The belief that pilgrimage to Ise can bring benefits to the nation can still be seen in visits of politicians to Ise. The pilgrimage is known as Ise Mairi.

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