A photographic journey
to the Ise-Shima area

— G-7 summit meeting in Mie Prefecture —

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The Ise-Shima area, abundant with picturesque mountains and ria coastlines, is home to the Ise Grand Shrines and the Kumano Kodo pilgrim routes.
In recent years, Toba Aquarium and Shima Spain Village have also become popular tourist destinations.

Yomiuri Shimbun photographers have captured various scenes in the area, which is gaining more attention as the venue for the G-7 summit meeting.

Shikinen Sengu, a renovation ritual held every 20 years, took place at the Ise Grand Shrines in 2013.

Kashikojima islet, the main venue for the G-7 summit meeting, is located in Ago Bay.

Ama female divers clad in traditional outfits search for marine products as part of a local festival off Sugashima island in Toba.

The main sanctuary of Naiku, part of the Ise Grand Shrines, where the 2013 Shikinen Sengu took place

One of the largest Shikinen Sengu rituals takes place at Geku, part of the Ise Grand Shrines, on Oct. 5, 2013, in Ise.

Men change the sacred rope straddling the “wedded rocks” at Futami Okitama shrine during a ritual in Ise in September 2015.

Visitors flock to Ujibashi bridge, which leads to Naiku, part of the Ise Grand Shrines.

The Oharaimachi shopping district is crowded with people visiting the Ise Grand Shrines.

The heart-shaped cove seen from the Mieshima viewing spot in Minami-Ise is popular with couples.

The variety of fish at Toba Aquarium attracts many visitors.

The Daimonzaka slope on the Kumano Kodo ancient pilgrimage route, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, leads to Nachi waterfall and Mt. Nachi.

A ritual of Kumano Hayatama Taisha shrine is held in the Kumanogawa river on the border of Mie and Wakayama prefectures.

The Shishiiwa rock, shaped like a lion’s head, is seen in silhouette against the Kumano great fireworks in Kumano.

Moss phlox, or moss pink, covers swaths of Shimashi Kanko Noen park.

Men caked in mud vie for a bamboo tree during the Otaue rice-planting festival in Shima.

The rice-planting ritual of the festival

Men carry a large waraji straw sandal, the highlight of the Waraji festival on Subanohama beach in Shima. The event’s history dates back more than 300 years.

Pearl farms are seen on the water of Ago Bay.

Fireworks light up the sky above Shima Spanish Village, a popular spot for young tourists and families.

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