JAPAN: Moving Day

The chief of the sacred treasures of Japan is the mirror which contains the spirit of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu, ancestress of H. I. M. The Emperor of Japan. Of such superlative sanctity is Amaterasu's mirror that for centuries no human eye has ever actually seen it. Rumored to be a round plate of polished metal, it rests in an elaborate tabernacle, shrouded in a cover of white brocade. When the brocade wears out a new cover is slipped over the old—no priest would dare peek.

The mirror's home is a simple wooden...

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