If you board the Shizutetsu railway Line from Cenova department Store in Aoi Ku, shizuoka City towards Shimizu Ku, get off at Sakurabashi (桜橋駅) Station and walk above and across the Railway Line on your left and you will discover an isolated old shrine!
Actually, like many other shrines in Japan, you will find not one, but two shrines!
This fairly new post indicates that it is a 村社/sonjya or village shinto shrine!
This is a very old shrine, indeed, dating back to Japan Feudal Era!
A real stone hand-washing basin!
The main shrine!
Venerable trees is a sure sign of the old age of the shrine!
Now I wonder what that very heavy metal lid is for? Probably the cover of a big fireplace for festivals?
Elegant stone lantern!
With the cloud and deer carvings as found in many other shrines!
And a mountain carving!
The other lantern seemed a lot older!
The lantern is just too old to figure out what that carving represents!
Now, that stone lantern is really new!
A “smiling” lion guard on the left!
Its “roaring” companion on the right!
The main shrine with its rice straw garland, its bell and its wooden money offerings box!
Monjyu Yashiro/文殊社 shrine!
The smaller and older shrine behind it!
Pity that such shrines at the back are unusually inaccessible!
From the other side!
The names of old benefactors!
This old shrine is not dedicated t the same deities!
This shrine dates back from the Tokugawa Ieyasu Lord Era!
Now, this is a truly old tree!
No wonder it is considered as a natural cultural asset by the City of Shizuoka!
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3 thoughts on “Monjyu Yashiro (文殊社神社) & Atago (愛宕神社) Shrines in Sakurabashi Chyo in Shimizu Ku, Shziuoka City!”
Thanks for the added information! I see now that the second image from my link has the same knob at the center of a spiral as the cloud on this lantern, but no tail: http://i.stack.imgur.com/fxTnk.jpg
Do you have any idea what the other side of the lantern in this picture represents? Or perhaps the four shapes along the bottom? Thanks!
Your blog seems to be wonderful resource for virtual tours of shrines and restaurants alike with the highest attention to detail, clearly explained for the convenience of the reader! I’m particularly interested in your analysis of the stone lantern motifs. In several of your posts you identify the cloud, mountain, and deer. Do you know of any others? I’m wondering if the one that’s too weathered to identify is the mystery entry (second photo) in this blog post: http://bunjin.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2009-12-14
The top picture is a male deer, whereas if another lantern is there should also be a female one, the second one, a bit unusual is that of a cloud, and the third one is that of a mountain.
Such motifs apparently depend on many things. I will have to ask one of my kannushi/Shinto priest acquaintances!