Wata (also called “Mizu”) Shinto Shrine-水神社 in Shizuoka City!

Yesterday on my way to Anzai Bridge across the Abe River in Shizuoka City, I decided to cycle along a die road on a whim and discovered this small Shinto shrine in Ta Machi!

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Upon seeing the name plaque on the torii/sacred gate I wondered how the kanji for “water/水”, that is “mizu” would be pronounced.
Luckily enough a neighbor had just come out and I decided to ask him and get some more information!
The locals pronounce the name “wata”!
And apparently it is a very old if small shrine, dating back to Edo Era!

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Although their roofing is recent the hand washing stone basin are very ancient.
Two of them in such a small shrine is indeed rare and the neighbor indicated me through their engravings that they had been erected in totally different eras!

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Two large stone lanterns and two smaller ones stood along the short path with mountain and clouds carvings!

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I noted an interesting difference between the two deers!
The one above has its right foreleg raised!

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But not this one!

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A smaller stone lantern between two venerable trees!

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The “haiden”/worshipers hall!

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Unusually the lion guards/shishi are not represented as stone statues, but as wooden carvings abovehead!

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Its companion!
I pointed out the fact to the kind neighbor relating the history of the shrine and I had the pleasure to notice his surprise!

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Money offerings are unusually thrown though the door instead of inside a box placed outside!

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Side view of the “haiden” and “honden/deity abode”!

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The enshrined deity is male!

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A side view of the completely isolated “haiden”!

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The trees inside the shrine are dwarfing the building proving its ancient origins!

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Good-bye, Wata Shrine!

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