I was walking down along the Ikumi River in the north east of Shimada City when I found this small shrine just beside Uami bus stop.
I couldn’t find its name mentioned until I met a grand lady almost as advanced in years as the strange alien man who spoke to her in Japanese. It must have been quite an event for her and she kindly, giggling all he time, explained that this particular shrine was under the jurisdiction of the very big Ooi Shrine in the center of Shimada City.
Although the Ikumi River is only a branch river of the Ooi River it benefits from the aura of its bigger elder.
As demonstrated by the somewhat drab rice straw garland there are many people able to look after it these days….
In its heydays worshipers must have felt solemn walking u the stairs between venerable cedar trees!
It was a blazing hot day and even the stairs were welcome in the cool shade!
A somewhat lonely hand washing stone basin!
The great thing about these shrines lost in the country is that they also include smaller and far older, and arguably more authentic shrines that were truly erected by locals!
Who built this ages ago?
Did descendants built this fairly new one!
Now this minuscule stone shrine was erected before our era!
The main shrine!
An ancient money offerings wooden box!
Meager rice straw garland!
But a peek inside proved it is still actively worshiped!
it is actually in good repair!
But I feel more attracted to the smaller ones!
The most venerated cedar tree of the site!
Slowly walking back downstairs but trying to keep in the shade as long as possible!
A rice straw garland lining two trees is quite unusual!
Very old stairs indeed!
Blazing summer afternoon!
Good-bye, Ooi Shrine in Uami!
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