On January 26, 2016 the Grand Service was held at the Main Sanctuary at the Jiba in Tenri City, Nara Prefecture. The were so many people there that it was hard to walk towards the Jiba.
The normal accesses were controlled. Either they were designated entrance only, exit only, or simply closed off. This was due to the many people that were there, and to prevent any mishaps.
All areas of the sanctuary were packed with people. There were even people sitting in the nearby playground area and tea house, and other open--or what used to be open--spaces.
Up until this day, it was said to be very cold... Well it was cold, but on this day, the sun was out, and it was a little warmer than it had been in the past few days. The weather was clear and sunny. Many people were bumping into acquaintances not seen in a while. There were many happy moments, hugs, and handshakes.
It was a beautiful day for the service.