When it comes to Shinto Shrines Shizuoka Prefecture is big enough and has enough history to provide visitors with discoveries. Shinto Shrines are never that big here, except for a very few, but they are many, and unfortunately most are forgotten, but the more mysterious for it.
I’m not a religious man, but I love architecture, art and history, and the discovery of the smallest detail can be more fulfilling than visiting grandiose but crowded monuments in world famous touristic spots!
The other day cycling along a road parallel to the Miho Beach in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, I discovered this shrine out of the blue.
Built no less than 1200 years ago, it goes under the ame of Seorido Shrine/瀬織戸神社.
Also called Bentensama/辨天様, it is dedicated to the Shinto Godess Seoritsuhime/瀬織津姫 and is devoted to the welfare of fishermen among others.
Like any shinto shrine the access paved lane climbs up the small hill under a torii gate.
Although the paved land around it of origin it must have built all over again many times!
The main shrine building!
Looking at the back locals still take good care of it!
It is always a good idea to look at the eaves of such buildings as they reveal old parts!
You realize that the whole place is built of bits and pieces from different eras!
My eyes felt attracted to this very small shrine, some parts f which are definitely of another era!
“See no evil, hear no evil, say no evil!”
I carefully replaced the offered rice crackers after photographing!
On old lady must have left this 1 yen coin as an offering!
Lady worshipers should have a good look at his sign!
It says that if they participate to the shrine festival they will become beautiful (i will leave the translation to the locals!)!
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