Is this an altar, and if so, is it the kind that might be found in a lay practioner's home or something special found in a monastery or temple?
This is an alter for performing the fire ritual, or "goma." Also, the word "in" means "branch temple." Ritsu-in is a branch of the main Tendai temple on Mt Hiei, the Enryaku-ji. It is located in Sakamoto on the edge of Lake Biwa, and the goma is performed every day at 11AM by Shunsho Ajari.
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