Imperial Family at Japan's holiest shrine
Ise Grand Shrine in central Japan, considered by many to be the holiest of all Shinto shrines, is dedicated to the goddess of the sun.
Tuesday morning, the goddess’s believed descendants, the Japanese royal family, visited the famous place of worship for the first time since it was dismantled and relocated as part of a rare ritual last year.
Imperial family members including Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, and Princess Aiko were seen at the shrine wearing formal dress.
This was the first visit ever for Princess Aiko, who just enrolled in junior high school this past spring.