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Kikkawa Hachiman (吉川八幡神社) Shrine in Kitsunegasaki Chyo in Shimizu Ku, Shziuoka City!

If you board the Shizutetsu railway Line from Cenova department Store in Aoi Ku, shizuoka City towards Shimizu Ku, get off at Kitsunegasaki (狐ヶ崎) Station and walk above and across the Railway Line on your left and you will discover another isolated old shrine!

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A placard stating that the old torii gate stood in a different spot!

You do have to walk around to find the round entrance!

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The old side entrance from which the original torii gate has disappeared!

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The general view of the shrine!

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An ancient stone lantern hidden in the surrounding vegetation!

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The stone hand washing basin with its roof!

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The stone lanterns and lion guards denote its local importance!

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The usual cloud and deer carvings!

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Ans also the mountain carving!

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The “smiling” guard lion on the left!

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Its right front paw resting on a smaller lion!
One day I will have to find the reason for this!

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The “roaring” guard lion on the right!

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Its left front paw resting on a ball!

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Old stone stairs climbing around the right of the front shrine!

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Looking backward from the same stairs!

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The front shrine building shaped as a gate bears the name of Hyahata Shrine/八幡神社!

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Looking backward from under the first building!

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This front building was erected in 1958!

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Year of the Horse placard!

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Interesting ancient map!

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A small museum?

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Local history!

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The older shrine at the back with the bell cord and rice straw garland!

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It certainly looks in service!

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A small peak inside!

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Roofing in good repair!

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More history!

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Good-bye Kikkawa Hachiman Shrine!

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Monjyu Yashiro (文殊社神社) & Atago (愛宕神社) Shrines in Sakurabashi Chyo in Shimizu Ku, Shziuoka City!

If you board the Shizutetsu railway Line from Cenova department Store in Aoi Ku, shizuoka City towards Shimizu Ku, get off at Sakurabashi (桜橋駅) Station and walk above and acroos the Railway Line on your left and you will discover an isolated old shrine!

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Actually, like many other shrines in Japan, you will find not one, but two shrines!

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This fairly new post indicates that it is a 村社/sonjya or village shinto shrine!

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This is a very old shrine, indeed, dating back to Japan Feudal Era!

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A real stone hand-washing basin!

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The main shrine!

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Venerable trees is a sure sign of the old age of the shrine!

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Now I wonder what that very heavy metal lid is for? Probably the cover of a big fireplace for festivals?

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Elegant stone lantern!

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With the cloud and deer carvings as found in many other shrines!

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And a mountain carving!

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The other lantern seemed a lot older!

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The lantern is just too old to figure out what that carving represents!

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Now, that stone lantern is really new!

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A “smiling” lion guard on the left!

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Its “roaring” companion on the right!

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The main shrine with its rice straw garland, its bell and its wooden money offerings box!

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Monjyu Yashiro/文殊社 shrine!

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The smaller and older shrine behind it!

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Pity that such shrines at the back are unusually inaccessible!

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From the other side!

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The names of old benefactors!

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This old shrine is not dedicated t the same deities!

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This shrine dates back from the Tokugawa Ieyasu Lord Era!

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Atago/愛宕 shrine!

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Now, this is a truly old tree!

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No wonder it is considered as a natural cultural asset by the City of Shizuoka!

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Kura: Traditional Japanese Warehouse in Shizuoka Prefecture 23: Hon Tori, Shizuoka City!

“Kura” (in Japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditional Japan, especially during the Edo Era, as most of buildings and urba/village structures were made of wood, fires were the bane of society by and large.
However well-protected a fire would consume a house or buildings and all its properties within minutes.
Hence a special building or warehouse was needed to protect goods and properties against such a catastrophe.
But erecting a storehouse solely made of concrete, stones and some metal cost a vast amount of silver and gold and only rich merchants and nobility could afford them. Even castles could not be built entirely of stone then.

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Thanks to the directions of my good friend, Atsuko Kurata, I found, atthe second attempt, this kura hidden along the Hon Tori Street in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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It is easy to miss as it is tucked away from the pavement at the end of a new car park, indicating it was probably the warehouse of a company that ceased to function. in such cases the Japanese owners of such abandoned businesses transform the area available into a car park.
I also noticed another minuscule kura in the front left corner.

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Can you distinguish the small white door on the left?

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The whole kura is quite big, so it must have been a commerce of a certain worth in the past!

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The front is still in pretty good repair, so it must be used as a shed by the owners in the house in the same enclosure.

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but the roof needs to be weeded!

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For a better view beside the owners’ house!

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On the other hand , the back looked pretty decrepit!

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Cement plastering flaking away…

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The back door lock is crudely blocked with cement.

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I’m afraid the owners are not ready to spend money on plastering!

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How long is it going to survive?

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Sonsha Ooi Shrine (村社大井神社) & Sui Shrine (水神社) in Shimada City!

If you take the Ikumi Line/伊久身線 in Shimada City you will notice a torii gate at the foot of a long stone stairway next to Mukaiaisuimon/向合水門 bus stop.

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At first I had surmised it was the location of a single shrine called Sonsha Ooi Shrine (村社大井神社) which can be translated to “Village Shrine under the jurisdiction of Ooi Shrine”

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The first torii gate at the foot of the flight of stairs!

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Actually there was a monument standing beside he same stairs!

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Probably marking the site of the original shrine!

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The stairs leading to the main shrine!

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Almost there!

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The main shrine!

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A real stone hand washing basin under its own roof!

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A very old wood money offerings box!

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The roof seemed in good enough repair!

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Walking around the main shrine I noticed something else behind.
Nothing surprising as very often bigger buildings are built in front of the original shrine to restrict the access!

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Can you see it?

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Access completely blocked from there!

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Try as I may I wouldn’t reach it that way!

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Neither from the left hand side!

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That is when I found a path leading up on the left!

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Trekking around it!

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The roof of the original shrine behind the main building!

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From a precarious height I could somehow see the largest part of it!

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I even managed to get down around it only to be blocked by a surrounding wall!

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I could also get an aerial view of the roof of the main building!

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A typical moon and sun stone lantern!

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Old wood!

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I’m afraid that is how far one can go barring a housebreak!

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I decided to walk back and down around it!

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A last glance!

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I had to tread carefully!

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Instead of cutting back along my steps I decided to walk more to the right along another narrow path. That is when I discovered the second shrine!

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Usual rice straw garland but unusual metal money offerings box!

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A different style of stone lantern!

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Another smaller and older shrine!

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Down a modern flight of stairs!

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What do we have here?

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The name of the shrine by the stone hand washing basin under a roof!
Sui Shrine (水神社)!

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It does not look as as impressive as the shrine it is supposed to look after!

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Same stone lantern as above!

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Its torii gate!

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The bridge leading to it!

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A quaint shrine!

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Good-bye, sui Shrine!

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Walking around back to the original entrance!

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How long has that tree been there?

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Good-bye Sonsha Ooi Shrine!

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Floating Shinto Shrine in Shimada City!

If you ride along the Ikumi Line/伊久身線 in Shimada City you will discover a small new shnto shrine near the Dai Ichi Shogakou/第一小学校 bus stop!

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You can’t miss it as it is located near a cemetery amenities shop!

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It might be small but the bright white and red colors peek through the trees!

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You will see it across the street!

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This is the Shinto Shrine with its torii gate in front!

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But the building beside it is a Buddhist Temple!
It is not rare in Japan to find the two faiths cohabiting peacefully!

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The Temple is not that big but it is old although someone lives inside!

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Many temples and shrines share the same architectural characteristics!

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Interestingly enough the shrine, although it bears no visible name, has two different torii ates!

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A typical shrine color in Japan although it might vary between light orange and red purpleRE!

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But this one is very new!

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You are easily excused if you think at first this all the same religious site!

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The small temple is really old but its roofing is in good repair!

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But the rest of it might need some work!

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The walls areas simple as they can be!

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But I wouldn’t change the pinions!

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Taking a last peek around the building!

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Good-bye, “floating shrine”!

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Ooi Uami Shrine (大井鵜網神社)in Shimada City!

I was walking down along the Ikumi River in the north east of Shimada City when I found this small shrine just beside Uami bus stop.
I couldn’t find its name mentioned until I met a grand lady almost as advanced in years as the strange alien man who spoke to her in Japanese. It must have been quite an event for her and she kindly, giggling all he time, explained that this particular shrine was under the jurisdiction of the very big Ooi Shrine in the center of Shimada City.
Although the Ikumi River is only a branch river of the Ooi River it benefits from the aura of its bigger elder.

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As demonstrated by the somewhat drab rice straw garland there are many people able to look after it these days….

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In its heydays worshipers must have felt solemn walking u the stairs between venerable cedar trees!

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It was a blazing hot day and even the stairs were welcome in the cool shade!

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A somewhat lonely hand washing stone basin!

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Almost there!

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The great thing about these shrines lost in the country is that they also include smaller and far older, and arguably more authentic shrines that were truly erected by locals!

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Who built this ages ago?

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Did descendants built this fairly new one!

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Now this minuscule stone shrine was erected before our era!

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The main shrine!

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An ancient money offerings wooden box!

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Meager rice straw garland!

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But a peek inside proved it is still actively worshiped!

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it is actually in good repair!

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But I feel more attracted to the smaller ones!

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The most venerated cedar tree of the site!

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Slowly walking back downstairs but trying to keep in the shade as long as possible!

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A rice straw garland lining two trees is quite unusual!

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Very old stairs indeed!

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Blazing summer afternoon!

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Good-bye, Ooi Shrine in Uami!

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Hachiman Shrine (八幡神社) in Kawaguchi, Shimada City!

If you board a bus on the Ikumi Line/伊久身線 in Shimada City and go down at a bus stop called Yama Ie/山家, walk across the bridge and you will find this shrine on your right at the next crossroads!

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Although the name ”八幡” is usually pronounced “Hyahatta”, the locals call the shrine “Hachiman”!

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An old and a bit lonely stone hand washing basin!

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The main shrine!

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Big and fairly new stone lantern!

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Venerable cedar tree!

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Walking nearer…

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The left lion guard!

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Not really smiling…

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With a paw resting on the back of a small lion!

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The roaring lion guard on the right!

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With its paw resting atop a globe!

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No money offerings box?

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I discovered a smaller shrine on the left!

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It has a small wooden money offerings box!

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Actually the real shrine like in many other places is behind the main building!

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Sometimes I wonder why they are not readily accessible!

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Doors secured with an old-fashioned lock!

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The roofing is in good repair!

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Seen through the main building sliding doors (locked!)!

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There was another small ancient shrine to be found on the right!

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With its own money offerings box!

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A better view from that angle actually!

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It was a blazing hot day!

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A last look at the main building!

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Good-bye, Hachiman!

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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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