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The entrance to Izumo Shrine is a long gravel path with two parallel paths beside it.  Originally, the center path was reserved for the gods (humans walked the side paths).  Japanese believed that in the fall each year, every kami (god) in Japan gathered at Izumo.  After proper ceremonies, they met to confer with each other about their respective realms.  Legend says that they decided which relationships among humans would thrive.
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The entrance to Izumo Shrine is a long gravel path with two parallel paths beside it. Originally, the center path was reserved for the gods (humans walked the side paths). Japanese believed that in the fall each year, every kami (god) in Japan gathered at Izumo. After proper ceremonies, they met to confer with each other about their respective realms. Legend says that they decided which relationships among humans would thrive.