Kagi Shrine Purification Pavilion
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After the water supply had been cut off and it had dried up for almost half a century, the Kagi Shrine Water Ablution Pavilion, also called “chōzuya or temizuya”, finally has been filled with water again! The pavilion is situated in front of the Chiayi City Historical Relic Museum. The Kagi Shrine has a history which dates back to 1911: back then Japanese people built this shrine amongst other things, in order to promote Shinto, which was a traditional religion of Japan, and to expand the imperialist movement. The Kagi Shrine is divided into two generations. The first-generation shrine was opened in 1915. Its location is in front of the Chiayi Tower on its right-hand side. Later, the second-generation shrine was built because of the large number of people visiting the shrine.
The whole site includes the historical remains of the first-generation shrine, the holy storehouse, the water ablution pavilion, a rest house, a purification hall and a main office.
The purification pavilion of the second-generation Kagi Shrine was first put in use in 1945, it is an independent four-column construction; in the center there is an octagonal spillway trough, in which there is a built-in stone tray, equipped with a long-handled water scoop. It can be used by the worshippers to wash their hands and rinse their mouths to achieve a cleansing effect.
In order to protect the historic site, the pavilion is connected with running water equipped with a sensor to automatically discharge water, allowing visitors to experience the purification rite of hand-washing and mouth-rinsing as if they were visiting a Japanese Shinto shrine. We hope that after being filled with water again, more people can get a better understanding of the culture and history of the Kagi Shinto Shrine when visiting the Chiayi City Historical Relic Museum.