Sengen Shrine, the biggest Shinto shrine in Shizuoka City, has been showing some frenzied preparations for the coming New Year and it is always a good time for some some interesting photography with the clear weather helping!
There are many entrances to the Shrine. Enter through the main entrance first gate right across from a tall white stone torii/sacred gate!
Then proceed to the actual main entrance (called “soomon/総門”)!
The gate is guarded by two solemn seated figures!
Eyes bearing on you!
The traditional rice straw garland!
More guards in the shape of lions!
Even a dragon floating overhead as you pass under!
Then proceed to the main shrine (called “Roumon/楼門”)!
Make a point to wash your hands at the stone water basin!
Another dragon will help you there!
You will discover a painted traditional new Year board!
The 16-petal chrysanthemum signifies that Sengen Shrine is related to the Imperial House!
Next year will be the Year of the Ram!
The painting was designed by 15 students at Tokoha University in Shizuoka City!
See you there again at the New Year!
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