ise: the metaphysical

 

 

" Cut wood, sedge, air – that is all they are made of. The spatial simplicity extends temporally as well. The shrines have been destroyed and identically rebuilt every twenty years since antiquity. This cycle is an alternative to the Pyramids – a simpler answer to the claims of immortality. Rebuilt precisely and time is obliterated. Ise embodies the recipe for infinity: 100 cubits and two decades. That is all. Such simplicity, such economy suggest the metaphysical." 

Donald Richie