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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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Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社)in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

The other day I actually spent 3 hours waling from Sakurabashi Station, Shizutetsu line to Shin Shimizu Station circling around under the very mountains. before crossing Route 1 to turn back to the latter station I discovered the entrance of that particular shrine at the bottom of a lonely “hill”.

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It wasn’t that big, but the flight of stairs was so tempting!

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Made of concrete, the torii/main gate and its plaque are not that old, but they were already pretty worn out.

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The flight of stairs is climbing through a bamboo copse.

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About walking between two fairly old stone lanterns/ishidourou!

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The “haiden/main hall for worshippers”!

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More stone lanterns. I wondered about their motifs.

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A stag for one!

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A cloud!

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A mountain!

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More older stone lanterns!

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A small roofed hand washing stone basin!

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Let’s have a look at this other more recent stone lantern!

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A doe and a cloud!

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And three mountains!

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Beautiful enough for another picture!

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But I must say I was most impressed with the “komaini/Shishi/lion guards!

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The left one, always a mouth-shut lion, with its paw resting on the back of a smaller one!

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The right one, always with its mouth open!

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With its paw on a ball!
Notice the unusual red painting!

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The “haiden/main hall for worshippers!

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“Yasaka Jinja/八坂神社/Yasaka Shrine”!

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A smaller torii/gate at the back!

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The “honden/God’s hall” closed to the public!

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The back of the honden!

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The pinion denoting that this shrine is dedicated to a female Goddess!

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The whole place is surrounded with ancient pine trees!

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Taking a peek at a dragon under the roof of the honden!

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A last look at the roof and pinion!

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There was another small shrine or “kamidana” behind the haiden past the small torii!

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Related with the Isei Shrine in Mie Prefecture!

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More ancient pine trees!

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A last look again at the honden!

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Good-bye Yasaka shrine!

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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!

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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
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Hachimangu (八幡宮), Inari Daimyoujin(稲荷大明神) and Hie (日枝神社) Shrines and Mount Fuji-Viewing Park in Hyahata, Shizuoka City!

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South of Shizuoka JR Station in Suruga Ku, in Yahata/八幡 (the locals pronounce it “Yaata”!) stands a small mountain called Hyahata San/八幡山 full of history hwere you can discover no less than three different Shinto Shrines and enjoy a splendid view of Mount Fuji!

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The roofed stone hand-washing basin!

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The stone hand wash basin where worshipers and casual visitors are asked to purify themselves (Harai 祓い) of impurity!

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It even has a cute dragon as a water spout!

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A row of old small stone shrines behind the basin!

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The Kannushi/神主/Shrine priest’s son in front of the Hachimangu/八幡宮 Shrine, the main but not the oldes of the three shrines found on that spot!

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They even sell baked sweet potatoes as a practice for the kids for the annual festival held on August the 15th!

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The priest and family’s home doubling as a shrine office!
Note that this is a small shrine, therefore the priest needs another job to survive!

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Still has and antique entrance porch!

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The “shishi/獅子” or “Komainu/狛犬”/lion guard on the left “roaring” to scare demons.
The rice straw garland/shimenawa/注連縄 around both lion guards has a special meaning as they have stood there for exactly 100 years!

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The “smiling” (actually his closed mouth means that he shelters and keeps in the good spirits) is also stadning on a pedestal made of volcanic rocks collected on the slopes of Mount Fuji!

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The shrine festival chariot, unfortunately idle for lack of hands!

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A small “kamidana/神棚/shrine with a “mon/文/crest” decorated money offerings box!

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“Ema/絵馬/votive plaques”!

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It has its own “sumo ring (dohyo/土俵)!

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The Haiden 拝殿 or Worship Hall!

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Some welcome information and advice!

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The Haiden 拝殿 or Worship Hall with its “shimenawa/注連縄/rice straw garland, praying bells and their ropes and a money offerings box!

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A lion guard on the roof!

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The ancient “Hachimangu/八幡宮” Shrine name plaque!

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Ancient sake/酒/rice wine offering vessels!

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A more modern, probably donated, lantern!

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A peek inside with sumo wrestlers’ hands prints!

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The flight of stairs leading to the other two shrines!

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Take the short flight on your right!

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The Inari Daimyoujin(稲荷大明神) dedicated to Inari/稲荷 (the god/goddess of agriculture)!

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It is actually very small!

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There are actually two small kamidana/神棚/shrines facing each other!

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The other one!

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The flight of stairs leading to the third shrine!

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A red torii/鳥居/sacred bird gate, this one with straight members, or shinmei torii 神明鳥居!

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Another shrine whose purpose I could not fathom!

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Getting near the Hie Shrin/日吉, which is dedicated to the mountain kami/神/god Sannō 山王!

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The Hie Shrine!

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I surmise that this building is there to store shrine regalia!

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Two smaller kamidana/神棚/shrines before reaching the Haiden 拝殿 or Worship Hall!

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Its entrance is flanked with two stone lanterns!

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The cloud and deer motifs!

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The mountain motif!

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There is actually a flight of stairs access from the Hachimangu Shrine!

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The Hie Shrine Haiden 拝殿 or Worship Hall with a gate, which is more here to d\fend off unwanted viistors than anything else as it is not locked!
There used to be another building alongside but it disappeared a long time ago in a fire.

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The nawa/縄/rice straw garland/nawa with white paper that is cut into strips and hung from this garland/rope, called shime 注連 or gohei, which symbolizes purity in the Shintō faith!

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A kirin/麒麟/a mythical hooved chimerical creature!

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These elephant-like mythical creatures are called "baku/獏" and they are supposed to eat nightmares!

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Shishi/獅子/lion and baku/獏/nightmare eater guarding the shrine together!

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The closed double door of the Haiden 拝殿 or Worship Hall!

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Interesting details of the wooden architecture!

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Venerable trees all around!
Actually when you take the next flight of stairs you find yourself walking through a small forest!

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A few cheery tress can still be seen blooming!

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Are there spirits hiding behind the trees?

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Very old roots!

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The top has recently been transformed into a small public park!

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Getting near the very top!

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From there you can discover a grans view of Mount Fuji and another one of the Suruga Bay across the city!
To be revisited again a clear and crisp day for photographs!

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The small park is actually very well cared for!

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See you again for the festival!

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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
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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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-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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Hachimangu Shrine (八幡宮神社) in Shimada City (Rokugo JR Station)!

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If you get off at Rokugo Station/六合駅 between Fujieda City and Shimada City JR Stations, go out through the south exit and you will find one of the five Shinto Shrines called Hachimangu in Shimada City!

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Stone lantern at the main gate

It is quite small but ancient.
Its small park seems popular with the local lovers who don’t have many places to talk in peace in this islated part of Shimada City!

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Moon and crescent motif openings of the the front gate stone lanterns!

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The roofed hand washing stone basin!

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Like any shrine, it is surrounded with old trees, not that remarkable, except for an old cherry tree with pure white blossoms!

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The main shrine building!

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Different and probably older stone lanterns!

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The deer and cloud motifs!

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The mountain motif!

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Like many other shrines, a more recent building stands in front of the original shrine whose access is guarded.

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The money offering box and the praying bell and rope!

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A bit too thin rice straw garland, but an interesting wooden motif!

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Taking a peek inside!

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A side view of both roofs!

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I couldn’t figure out what this roof decoration meant!

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Classical pinion motif!

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Good-bye, Hachimangu shrine!

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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
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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

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Kusanagi Shinto Shrine (草薙神社) in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

Kusanagi shrine (草薙神社) in Kusanagi, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, has been a major sanctuary in the city of Shizuoka, more precisely the former city of Shimizu before the two were merged at the end of the 20th Century.
It involves a good walk, so choose a shiny day, preferably in winter although you must not miss the rocket festival held in September.
Take either the normal train (Tokaido Line) or the local Shizutetsu Line and get down at Kuasanagi Stations.
Proceed straight to the main crossing and turn left.

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You will find a big torii/sacred gate across the street.
Walk under and walk straight for about 20 minutes!

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Ancient plaque somewhat difficult to read!

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A new stone monument is there to ascertain this is the right shrine!

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Signs will be found along the way to confirm your right path!

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Getting very near!

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The shrine across the road!

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The torii of the main entrance!

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The lantern with the shrine crest and an informative board!

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It has been officially venerated since 1432 but records back to Year 927 mention it!

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Pass under the torii and its rice straw garland!

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Some stone stairs are in wit for you!

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A warrior of yore!

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Old history on stone!

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A short but nice flight of stone stairs running through ancient trees!

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No, the shrine is not on fire! Just burning dead trees away!

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Incredibly old tree being venerated!

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A 1,000 year old tree with a height of 15 meters and spread of 12 meters!

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And it is venerated through its own little shrine!

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The roofed stone hand washing basin!

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Cute hand towels!

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The gate to the main shrine!

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A solemn guard!

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And his companion!

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Part of the September Fire Rocket Festival gear!

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They even have a rocket on display at a side building!

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The main shrine!

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New Year prayer messages!

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The “smiling” lion guard!

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The “roaring” lion guard!

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This is an important shrine since it has no less than three ropes for bells to be rung by worshipers!

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Let’s have a peek inside!

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Old paintings!

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Festival drum!

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Looking back at the entrance!

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An older shrine beside the main one!

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An old stone lantern!

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It is carved out with a crescent moon!

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A rare hollyhock carving proving that the shrine was venerated by Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu!

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The older shrine in a long and low shape!

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New Year rice paste offerings!

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It has its own small altar!

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Side view of the main shrine!

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Side view of the inner shrine behind the main shrine. Inaccessible to the pubic!

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Beautiful roofing!

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Sponsors’ names!

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Another older type but smaller shrine on the other side of the main shrine!

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Left side view!

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Time slip!

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More sponsors’ names!

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Board explaining that the 25-kg rocket can reach an altitude of 300 meters!

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Looking forward to next September!

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A side entrance torii gate!

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The small rocket museum!

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Detailed sight of the inside fireworks mechanism!

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The rocket launching ramp!

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Dragon!

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They also house a kyudo/archery club!

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The archery range!

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See you there again next September!

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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

Gokoku Shrine (護国神社) in Yunoki, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

Gokoku Shrine (護国神社) in yunoki, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, for all its darker aspects since it is there to mainly look after the souls of soldiers killed in recent wars, is still a place worth a long visit as it also includes a forested park monthly used for flea markets.

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The main entrance torii/gate.
There are many entrances but none of their gates bear a plaque with the name of the shrine.

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Take a look at the stone map of the whole precinct at the entrance!

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Past the main entrance you will walk through a small forest with a big pond on your left inhabited by birds, fish and turtles!

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Even in winter it is a nice place to stroll through.

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Now is the season for the last leaves fall!

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A small bridge will lead you to the main shrine and its park.

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Large modern stone lantern!

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Approaching the main shrine!

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Spare a look at the small edifice on your left!

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Stone washing basin!

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The main torii gate!

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An old torii gate with its “mon”/crest!

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An imposing “smiling” lion guard!

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Its “roaring” companion!

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A traditional lantern!

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The “mon”/crest on the torii gate!

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Past the torii gate!

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It is a major shrine in Shizuoka Prefecture and has its own office and even its museum!

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The main shrine!

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The left roofed aisle!

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The right roofed aisle!

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The stone fence bears many names commemorating past Japanese Army Corps!

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Approaching the main shrine from the right!

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Details of the right aisle roofing!

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Old but in great repair!

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A small money offerings wooden box!

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The main access to the shrine!

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Votive offerings!

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An imposing facade with its rice straw garland and money offerings box!

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The curtains denote the importance of the shrine!

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The Imperial sixteen-petal chrysanthemum crest!

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The shrine also prays for peace and end of wars in the World!

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The traditional plaque with the name of the shrine!

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A peek in the interior past the cherry blossom bearing curtains!

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An enormous Japanese drum for Festivals!

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Off-limits interior!

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Back through the park!

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View of the main entrance on the way back!

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Big traditional stone lanterns at the entrance to the shrine office!

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The clouds and the deer!

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The mountain!

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There is a small but interesting war museum on the second floor.
Next report!

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Dragon picture!

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Stone lantern in the back garden!

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there is a sole kyudo/Japanese archery range open to all at the back of the office!

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Grand old archer!

Actually there is also a kyudo club inside the premises!

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Going out through one of the side entrances!

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Many small stone lanterns along the walkways!

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The side entrance/exit!

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Good-bye, Gokoku 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
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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