Category Archives: Shinto Shrines

Ishida Shrine (石田神社) in Ishida, Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City!

As I said before Suruga Ku, the area south of Shizuoka JR Station is literally sprinkled with ancient small and quaint Shinto Shrines I mostly discover during my bicycle rides in that particular area!

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About 5 minutes (count 10 to find it) ride from The station stands Ishida Shrine (石田神社) stands in an area of the same name.

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Although small and almost derelict locals have been offering new torii gates!

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Very small stone hand washing basin (Chōzuya) but with its own roof!

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Two smart looking lions (“Shishi” Or “komainu”) are guarding the shrine!

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The Left hand one with its closed maw!

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The right hand one with its mouth open!

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This wooden board indicates that the shrine was rebuilt in 1875 although it has been a site where shrines have been erected for at least 1,000 years!

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The shrine (jinjya) with two stone lanterns (ishi-dōrō)!

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Stag carving!

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Mountain carving!

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The other lantern sports not a doe but a stag with longer antlers!

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The main worship hall (Heiden)!

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With is rice straw garland (shimenawa) and bell and rope.
I didn’t notice any money offering box (saisen) so I suppose worshippers throw their coins through the door or into the box of smaller shrines also found on the site!

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The roof top pinion!

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Roofing design!

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One of the two lanterns stands.
The left one is decorated with an animal carving!

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The plain lantern wooden stand on the right!

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A small shrine (kamidana) on the right!

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Two more on the left!

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An even smaller and more ancient one made of stone and bearing a rice straw garland!

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And still another one!

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The partly restored inner shrine (honden) barred to the public!

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The cross beams (chigi) show that the local deity is male!
Actually, I had made a continuous mistake about this particular point which was pointed out to me by Facebook friend who just happened to be praying there!

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Only the roofing seems to be the original part!

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Trees are still standing in the middle of the residential area!

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Good-bye, Ishida Shrine!

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Chikatsu Sengen Shrine (千勝浅間神社) in Shizuoka City!

Suruga Ku, south of Shizuoka JR Station, is an area replete with small ancient shrines due to its proximity to the sea.
I discovered another one of them while cycling around Minami Cho and Imagawa Cho: Chikatsu Segen Shrine/千勝浅間神社!

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Although a bit derelict some parts have been renewed and are looked after a kannushi/神主/Shinto priest living in his own private house on the very premises of the shrine!

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The view past the torii entrance gate!

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There are still some old trees towering over it!

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The main shrine!

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It was rebuilt in 1875 but dates far more back into the past!

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Two smaller brand new shrines have been added!

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Kotogara Jinja/金刀比羅神社! It might be related to the one existing in Fujieda City!

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But its door panels are really ancient!

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Akiba Jinja/秋葉神社!

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The money offering box is new but its lock is old!
I suspect that these two “new” shrines had been here all the time and have been repainted only recently!

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One of the two stone lanterns!

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With the cloud and stag carvings!

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And the cloud carving!

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The other deer is not doe but also a stag with shorter antlers!

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The “shishi”, also called “komainu”, lion guards!

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The left hand side lion guard with its maw closed!

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The right hand side lion with its maw open!

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The “haiden” hall for the worshipers!

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The rice straw garland, the bell and its rope!

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On the right side can be found a far smaller and more ancient shrine with a few red torii gates!

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The small shrine!

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Although the red paint is flaking out the torii are still recent. They were gifted by local worshipers!

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Moss has been gathering on the site!

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Good-bye, Chikatsu Sengen Shrine!

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-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
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Munagata Shrine (宗方神社) in Okitsu, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

You will find Munagata Shrine by getting off Okitsu Station along the Tokaidou Railway Line and walking for a few minutes on the left of the station!

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You will have to go through at least 3 Torii gates if you acceess the place from its furthest entrance along the main thoroughfare!

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The second torii gate!

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Thus very torii gate is almost 100 years old although the shrine is far older!

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Getting near the main shrine!

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The third torii gate!

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Spectacular pine trees!

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Plenty of history to study!

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The roofed hand washing stone basin!

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The roofing indicates that the a Goddess is looking after the sacred site!

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The left-hand side stone lantern!

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A cloud and a doe!

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The right-hand side stone lantern!

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A cloud and a stag!

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Approaching the main shrine!

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The two lion guards!

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The left-hand lion guard with its maw closed!

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The right-hand lion guard with its mouth open!

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The “haiden shrine”, the only accessible to the public!

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The money-offerings wooden box with the shrine’s crest!

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The rice straw garland, three bells and their ropes!

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Munagata Shrine/宗方神社!

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Barrels of sake produced by Sanwa Brewery in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Inside the shrine!

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Side view of the haiden shrine!

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The honden hall closed to the public!

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The whole edifice is surrounded with many venerable cedar trees!

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Back view of the honden hall!

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A closer view!

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Beautiful roofing!

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A smaller ancient shrine among the trees!

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Its two tiny lion guards!

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I wonder why the left one has its mouth open? Very unusual!

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Same for the right-hand one!

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A last look at the honden hall!

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The pinion!

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Walking away from it!

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Good-bye, Munagata Shrine!

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Juniso Shinto Shrine (十二祖神社) in Okitsu, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

If you get off at Okitsu Station in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, explore the area from the left of the station not far along Okitsu River and you will find a tiny but intriguing Shinto Shrine!

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“Juniso Shrine (十二祖神社”, which means 12-vessels Shrine.
Now, why this unusual number “12”?

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A plaque is there to explain all in Japanese, but look at it from the other side!

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Here you have the 絵xplanation of the number “12”!
Usually 7 deities are found in Shinto Shrines but this one has 12!
Some locals were glad to explain everything!

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The tiny shrine!

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And its small hand washing stone basin!

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A thin rice straw garland!

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A small stair to the interior!

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The interior with a beautiful “mon/Japanese crest”!

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The money offerings box!

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Traditional tiled roof!

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A lone tree but duly venerated!

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A last look at the roof tiles!

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Good-bye, Juniso Shrine!

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Oshiba Shrine (小芝神社) in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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I discovered this particular shrine by pure chance in a side street not far from Shimizu JR Station.

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When I queried about it to a passer-by I was kindly answered that it was only a small and dirty shrine, the way to pique my curiosity!

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It is quite old as part of it was restored in the 1920’s!

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Walking towards the old torii/sacred gate!

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The hand washing stone basin was derelict, indeed!

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The smaller but older torii!

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Actually it bears the name of one of the shrines found inside the precincts, “Hachimangu/ハ血幡宮”!
It is also remarkable for the two shishi/lion guards under the plaque!

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A strange-shaped votive board!

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I see! This shrine is particularly popular with soccer players and fans!

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The “haiden/hall for worshipers”!

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Why three bell ropes?
I actually found the reason later!

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An unusual closed-mouthed shishi/komainu/lion guard!

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His open-mouthed companion!

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The portable shrine with its cart inside the haiden!

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Actually the whole Oshiba Shrine is nothing less than an association of many smaller shrines as proved by this series of red-painted torii gates!

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When you notice such red-painted torii you can expect the foxes of the Inari Goddess/Agriculture Goddess!

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Unusually fierce-looking fox guard!

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Same impression from his companion!

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A group of three smaller but cute shrines!

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The first one!

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The second one!

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With a whole bestiary to investigate!

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“Shishi/lion guard” and “baku/nightmare-eater”!

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The third one!

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The foxes guard them as couples!

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The other fox couple!

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The colors reminded me other countries!

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More baku!

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Walking back through the row of torii!

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Tiny “kamidana/shrines”!

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Discarded shrines and statues at the back!

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I wouldn’t mind taking some of these foxes back but that would be stealing!

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Small shrines of another age!

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More foxes with Okinawan cheesa!

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The honden/main shrine is inaccessible but its design confirmed that the local God was a Goddess indeed!

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Wooden architecture details!

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from the side!

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Plenty of venerable trees!

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Good-bye Oshiba Shrine!

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Bestiary at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City!

Shinto shrines in Japan, especially the big ones, are hosts to a whole menagerie or bestiary, that is “animals” which are supposed to symbolize or protect the cult abode.
In Shizuoka City, the large Sengen Shrine is a good place to look for them!
Let me show some of them. There are plenty more, but they will be for you to discover!

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“Shishi/Lions” with an unusual “oni/goblin”!

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A “tora/tiger”!

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Another tiger!

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“Hoo/Phoenix”!

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A “kirin/dragon horse”!

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“Koi/carps”!

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“Baku/nightmare eaters”!

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And a “Tastu/dragon”!

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-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
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Mishima Taisha Shrine (三島大社) 1)

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One of the venerated trees inside Mishima Tasiha!

Mishima Taisha/Mishima Great Shrine in the City of Mishima is one oone of the 3~4 biggest and most important Shinto shrines in Shizuoka Prefecture and it is simply too vast and comprising too many other shrines to be described i a single article.
This the first of a series of reports as I plan to visit Mishima City many times again in the near future and take the opportunities to discover other aspects and sights!

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The main portal with its enormous “shimenawa/rice straw garland”!

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The big mouth-shut “komainu or shishi/lion guard” past the main entrance!

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And its companion with its mouth open!

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One of the main small shrines find in the precincts, this particular one called “Shima Jinja” at the end of a small bridge crossing one of the many ponds!

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A large roof pinion!

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A large roofed hand washing stone basin!

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Another large inner portal!

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Th Horse is the main feature animal symbol in Mishima Taisha!

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Ancient horse painting!

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The “haiden hall” for the public and worshippers!

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Splendid gilded pinions!

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One of the big “baku/nightmare eaters”!

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An ancient “ishidourou/stone lantern”!

See you again there very soon!

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

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City