Shinto shrines in Japan very often are associated with other shrines, especially in harbor cities where the locla worshipoers like to combine them for better fortune.
The other day before I reported on a local festival I found these two shrines in Shimizu Ku (formerly Shimizu City) in Shizuoka City, near Jirochou, one of the oldest and most tradtional areas of the town.
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The main entrance through the torii gate.
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The name plaque having disappeared I was a bit confused about its name first!
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Fortunately a placard was there for explantions!
The shrine name is Nishinomiya/西宮神社. It also has the second name of Abessan and is deicated to the God Ebisu.
It was built between 1596 and 1614!
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A stone lantern has all but disappeared!
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Apparently, its lion guards have also disappeared!
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The main shrine!
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The money offerings wooden box and the rice straw garland are nonetheless well looked after!
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At least the lion guards still strive under the eaves!
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And gracefully laughing!
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The ame of the shrine is clearly written!
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You will find the second smaller shrine on the right!
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masa Ichi Inari Shrine (正一位稲荷神社)!
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All shrines bearing the name of Inari/稲荷/rice bag, have fox guards!
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Apparently they have to be protected from theft!
Theft is rare in this country, but I noticed many fox statues being protected in the same way!
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The small shrine!
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The rice straw garland is regularly replaced!
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A symbol of prosperity!
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The doors of the shrine were padlocked for a good reason!
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No one wants these cute foxes stolen!
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