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Kanza Ooi Shrine (神座大井神社) in Shimada City!

Finding a shrine can be sometimes confusing for a new visitor to Japan!

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The other day I took the bus of the Ikumi Line/Ikumisen/伊久身線 from Shimada Station North exit bus stop.
I got down at a stop called Kanza Miya Iriguchi/神座宮入口, meaning “Entry/Entrance/Iriguchi” to Kanza Shrine/Kanza Miya”.
The problem is that Jinjya/神社 and Miya/宮 (can also be pronounced “Gu”!) both mean “shrine”!
Incidentally as the line is heavily subsidized by the City it is very cheap, but there is only one bus every hour!

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To make matters a bit more complicated the whole shrine is dedicated to the River Ooi, hence the inclusion of its name, whereas the main shrine inside is only called Ooi Shrine!

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A very rural but solemn atmosphere in the cool tree shades by a scorching hot day!

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The hand-washing stone basin under its own roof!

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A very old “monument” probably predating everything around!

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The main shrine!

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Venerable trees all around!

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The guard lion seems a bit different!

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It is different indeed!

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Not only the paint but the style make it unusual!

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The big stone lanterns have been apparently added not so long ago!

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We can’t forget the other lion guard!

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An impressive roar!

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The main shrine!

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Lion guards on the roof of a Shinto shrine are unusual!

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The money offerings wooden box!

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The rice straw garland!

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The old plaque clearly states “Ooi Jinja/大井神社/Ooi River shrine”!

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Always look behind a shrine and you might find smaller and far older ones!

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Such small shrines are very probably more authentic as they were erected by small farming communities!

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In Kyoto and large cities they would have all but disappeared, thus erasing real history!

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These foxes confirm this is an “inari/稲荷” shrine to help rice crops!

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Walking around the other side of the main shrine!

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Here is another one!

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Poor little thing!

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Good-bye, kanza Ooi Shrine!

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Kura: Traditional Japanese Warehouse in Shizuoka Prefecture 21: Old Farm House Kura in Shimo, Aoi Ku, 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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The other I noticed the pinion of a kura peeking over the greenery as I was cycling along a back road in Shimo, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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I didn’t really know what to do of it as the access seemed completely blocked.

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Anyway I decided to walk around and find out!

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I did meet a neighbor farmer who kindly told me this was not his, bit a neighbor’s kura and that I would have to walk around to find an access, if there was one.

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I only met another farmer who also kindly explained it was another farmer’s property!
He mentioned that it was practically abandoned but that it served as a rice storage kura in old times!

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Since then it had probably been transformed into a farm tool shack judging from the somewhat decrepit lower half!

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But the front is still worth looking at!

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Still a great window!

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Suijinsan Shrine (水神社) in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

There are many shrines in the Tomoe Rvier and the Jiroucho areas as they were nearer to the sea and the harbor in the old times.

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The torri gate!

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Although the name written on the torii gate plaque reads “みず神社/Mizu Jinja”, the locals prefer to call it “Suijinsan”!

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There is a second torii gate with the the same name on its plaque!

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Two fairly recent stone lanterns stand on both side of a signboard!

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The shrine was built between 1624 and 1643 and its festival is held on the 25th of June!

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The second stone lantern!

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The main shrine!

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The stone hand-washing basin under its roof!

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The “smiling” lion guard!

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The roaring lion guard!

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The wooden money offerings box and the bell rope!

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Can you see the bell?

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The worshipers ring the bell by shaking (not pulling) the rope, before prayers!

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The guarding lion and wild boar under the eaves!

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“Wild boars” do very much look like “elephants” sometimes but the ears give them away, although this is very debatable!

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Their golden eyes are also unusual!

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That tree must have witnessed a lot of history!

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A back slanted view of the second shrine behind the main shrine!

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Great roofing!

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The two shrines with roofs looking like waves!

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Good-bye, Suijinsan!

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Nishinomiya Shrine (西宮神社) & Masa Ichi Inari Shrine (正一位稲荷神社) in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

Shinto shrines in Japan very often are associated with other shrines, especially in harbor cities where the locla worshipoers like to combine them for better fortune.
The other day before I reported on a local festival I found these two shrines in Shimizu Ku (formerly Shimizu City) in Shizuoka City, near Jirochou, one of the oldest and most tradtional areas of the town.

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The main entrance through the torii gate.

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The name plaque having disappeared I was a bit confused about its name first!

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Fortunately a placard was there for explantions!
The shrine name is Nishinomiya/西宮神社. It also has the second name of Abessan and is deicated to the God Ebisu.
It was built between 1596 and 1614!

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A stone lantern has all but disappeared!

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Apparently, its lion guards have also disappeared!

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The main shrine!

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The money offerings wooden box and the rice straw garland are nonetheless well looked after!

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At least the lion guards still strive under the eaves!

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And gracefully laughing!

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The ame of the shrine is clearly written!

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You will find the second smaller shrine on the right!

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masa Ichi Inari Shrine (正一位稲荷神社)!

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All shrines bearing the name of Inari/稲荷/rice bag, have fox guards!

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Apparently they have to be protected from theft!
Theft is rare in this country, but I noticed many fox statues being protected in the same way!

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The small shrine!

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The rice straw garland is regularly replaced!

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A symbol of prosperity!

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The doors of the shrine were padlocked for a good reason!

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No one wants these cute foxes stolen!

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Kura: Traditional Japanese Warehouse in Shizuoka Prefecture 21: Oomura Soy sauce Company Kura in Yoshida Cho!

“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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The other as I was preparing to back to Shimada City from Sumiyoshi in Yoshida Cho, I noticed this beautiful wooden kura on the right of the Kataoka Sumiyoshi Shinto Shrine!

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the place was obviously in full use.
I decided to investigate!

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Oomuraya Soy sauce Company!

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I have interviewed soy sauce companies before but I couldn’t smell the typical flavors of soy sauce making in the air!

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That is when I met an employee who gracefully explained that the Company uses these premises as their business base, office and storeroom!

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The factory has been away!

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The same employee offered me to interview the owner who happened to be on the premises but I had to take my bus!

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Shinshuu Ootaniha Daishin Kaizan Myoushyouji Temple (真宗大谷派大心海山明照寺) in Shizunami, Makinohara City!

The other day as I walked towards Shizunami beach from Shizunami bus station I noticed this Buddhist Temple along the way.
As I had plenty of time on hand and I was looking for some momentary shade from the blazing sun i decided to have a look around!

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Contrary to Shinto shrines Buddhist temples have long names!
Shinshuu Ootaniha Daishin Kaizan Myoushyouji Temple or 真宗大谷派大心海山明照寺!

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In the countryside the difference between temples and shrines is tenuous in architecture and facilities.
For example a hand washing stone basin is not that common in Buddhist Temples.

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Now, this bell tower is typical of a Buddhist temple!

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Lion guards also rend to of a different kind!

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Certainly more elaborate!

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And probably more gentle-looking!

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The crest of the temple!

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Grateful for the shade and the greenery!

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Very old cicada tree, indeed!

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The temple crest again!

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Dragons don’t seem to worry about the creed!

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A slightly mocking dragon!

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A leery dragon?

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Fine figurines on the splendid roofs!

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What is their purpose?

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back on the road…

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Kataoka Sumiyoshi Shrine (片岡住吉神社) in Yoshida Cho!

Sometimes you have to keep your eyes open!
I was riding the bus to Shizunami in Yoshida Cho and was nearing my destination when I noticed this shrine our of the window.
I noted the bus stop and on my way back I alighted to investigate!

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It looked quite impressive for a “local” shrine!
Actually I had the luck to meet its resident “kanshi/priest” who provided me with many an interesting point.
In fact, they are going to hold their annual festival this Sunday, meaning a second trip there!

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A beautiful stone lantern!

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Unusual motif!

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I was a bit confused at the different names of the shrine.
The name written on the torii gate, “Sumiyoshi” is actually the name of the god venerated there, whereas the name of the shrine is Kataoka!

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I’ve been to other shrines also called Sumiyoshi, in shizuoka City in particular, and I started to understand because of similarities.
For example this guarding lion!

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He has his paw resting on a smaller lion!

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And the other guarding lion!

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His paw is resting on a ball!

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I was told that the main shrine was built 100 years or more ago, but some of the streets are found in records dating back to the 1640’s!

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The shrine is definitely of importance as it includes a preliminary roofed gate with guarding lodges!

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Getting nearer!

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it clearly states the name of Kataoka Shrine!

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The tiny right-hand side guard in its minuscule lodge!

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His companion on the left!

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The roofed hand washing stone basin!

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The proper way to wash your hands!

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A real boulder for a basin!

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This shrine was erected mainly for the protection of local sailors and fishermen as demonstrated by this giant oyster!

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The main shrine!

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Beautiful urn!

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The rice straw garland has been replaced anew!

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Lion and wild boar guard!

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And a dragon giving a hand!

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“Kataoka Shrine”!

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The money offerings box!

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No less than three portable shrines being readied for the coming festival!

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The festival drum!

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Crested curtain!

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This fishing boat was donated to the Shrine by the Fishing Companies Owners Association!

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Bearing the name of “Sumiyoshi”!

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A last look at the roofing!

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Making my way back home!
Actually the kanushi even offered me a drive!

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See you again on Sunday!

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Miwa Shrine (三輪神社) in Shizuoka City!

As I was cycling along the Abe River in Shimo (下), Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, I barely noticed this torii gate on my right against the wooded slope!

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Naturally I turned back, got off my bicycle and started exploring the alley between old cedars past the torii gate!

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What is that in the distance?

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Getting nearer!

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A hand-washing stone basin and its awning!

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Very unusual hand washing stone basin!

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Stone lantern at the bottom of a flight of stairs!

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The flight of stairs leading to the main shrine!

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Very much against a steep slope!

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The main shrine!

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The guarding lions!

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The smiling lion guard!

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Its roaring counterpart!

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The money offerings box!

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An offering of red beans from a local farmer!

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The shrine has been used for a long time by local farmer as witnessed by the old photographs!

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The back of the shrine sheltering festival tools and an altar!

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Looking back at the hand washing stone basin downstairs!

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i discovered an older and smaller flight of stairs almost hidden on the right!

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An older and smaller shrine!

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The rice straw garland proves it is still much venerated!

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The roofing is in good repair!

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Looking down at the main shrine!

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Robust roofing there, too!

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Pleasant atmosphere!

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Many old names of local faithfuls!

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I tried to peek inside to look at the altar but it was too dark!

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That is how I found the name of the shrine!

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This seemingly old picture was taken in 1975!

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Rural Japan!

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Good-bye Miwa Shrine!

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, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Oi Shrine (大井神社) in Shimada City (1)!

Oi Shrine (大井神社) in Shimada City is not only big but it is actually a whole collection of big and small shrines which accumulated there with times because of so many people having to stop there in Edo Times before crossing the very wide and dangerous Oi River.
As I visit Shimada City regularly, I think it is better to describe it in smaller articles in the near future than going into a unending story!
Let just me show what I took yesterday!

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The famous statues of the Obi Festival which takes pplace every 3 years! The next one will be in 2016!

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Japanese garden and river!

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The entrance to the small bridge over the stream!

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A large lantern!

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One of the many hand washing basins!

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The whole complex is surrounded with low stone walls and streams!

The following pictures were taken a little later just at dusk!

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One of the side entrance torii gates!

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Lighted lanterns under venerable trees!

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Back to the hand washing stone basin!

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One of the bigger shrines!

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Back to the dancing statues in the dark!

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A stone lantern surrounded by azalea trees!

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The roaring guarding lion!

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His smiling counterpart!

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To be continued…

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
rre.Cuisine
, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Okitsuhiko Shrine (興津彦神社) in Shizuoka City!

People tend to overlook Okitsuhiko Shrine (興津彦神社) in Kuruma Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City as it is overshadowed by the enormous torii gate leading to Sengen Shrine on the other side of the street!

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It also tends to be dwarfed by company buildings on both sides and the big traffic running along!

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But the plaque on the torii gate denotes the grand age of the site although it is in very good repair and regularly repainted!

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Apparently it is a shrine dedicated to fire!

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More history to study!

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Some very old votive stones are still preserved on the site!

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An unusual shape for a stone lantern!

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I noticed that same cross pattern in Oi Shrine in Shimada City!

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The shrine all made of stone and concrete!
I understand why it is dedicated to fir!
Impossible to burn down like so many other shrines!

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The rice straw garland seems to regularly replaced!

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An old friend seems to be guarding the place!

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Laughing dragon!

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Lion guards!

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The phoenix is not unusual but the flying female deity is!

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The left lion guard is found on the wall!

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The right side lion guard is accompanied by a younger/smaller one as found in some other shrines!

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There is a phoenix on three of the four walls!

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Unusual sea waves!

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The third phoenix!

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The flying deity reminds so much of the sky spirit at the Matsubara Hagoromo site in Miho, Shimizu Ku!

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Praying or navigating through the clouds?

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Very attractive indeed!

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The back is bare but for a locked steel door!

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Good-bye, Okitsuhiko Shrine!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
rre.Cuisine
, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents