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Shirahige Shrine (白髭神社) in Kamiashiarai, Shizuoka City

“Shirahige/白髭/White Beard2, probably a dedication to great age is name found everywhere for a shinto shrine in Japan!

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The (new) torii gate!

This fairly old on eis located in Shiuzoka City, Aoi Ku, Kamiasharai, right in front of a Shizutetsu Supermarket of all places!

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It was first built in 1770 for a God called Takeshi Uchi No Sukune No Mikoto and its festivals are held on New Year’s day, in June and on the 17th of October!

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The “original” monument!

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As I said its torii gate is quite new!

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Shirahige Shrine (白髭神社)!

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An old but small and lonely stone hand washing basin….

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two stone lanterns differing only in small details!

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A mountain for both of them!

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An unusual cloud and a prone deer!

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But the deer here is standing!

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No, this is not the main shrine!

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Some of the space in this shrine was used to build a Community Hall!

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“The Shrine is at the back!”

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A venerable tree is standing witness!

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You will find a small shrine at the foot of the tree!

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It is probably older than the one standing on its left!

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The main shrine!

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Benefactors’ names!

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Taking a frontal whole picture is not possible!

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The money offerings box!

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the shrine name and a very thin rice straw garland!

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A side view!

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The roof is probably the best part!

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Good-bye, shirahige shrine!

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Kura: Traditional Japanese Warehouse in Shizuoka Prefecture 22: Shimada City, Ikumi!

“Kura” (in Japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditional Japan, especially during the Edo Era, as most of buildings and urba/village structures were made of wood, fires were the bane of society by and large.
However well-protected a fire would consume a house or buildings and all its properties within minutes.
Hence a special building or warehouse was needed to protect goods and properties against such a catastrophe.
But erecting a storehouse solely made of concrete, stones and some metal cost a vast amount of silver and gold and only rich merchants and nobility could afford them. Even castles could not be built entirely of stone then.

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The other day I rode a bus on the Ikumi Line/伊久身線 in Shimada City and discovered this kura at the very last stop at Ikumi/伊久美 (different Chinese characters!)!

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It belonged to a resort shop that has ceased busines but it must have stood there for ages as there were some very people there owning tea fields!

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It must have been intensively used by this former resort shop as it is superbly preserved.
Pity the access was severely limited by electric cables!
The owners are obviously afraid of unwelcome visitors in this lost rural area!

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Superb window!

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Big walls by Japanese standards!

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Great back window, too!

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Impossible to get inside!

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Very solid stone foundation!
Barring an earthquake of unknown proportions, it is indestructible!

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That is how far I could go!

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Ooi Shrine (大井神社) in Shimada City (2): Ooi Ebisu Shrine (大井恵比寿神社)

Ooi Shrine (大井神社) in Shimada City within walking distance from Shimada JR station north exit is actually a group of shrines more or less dedicated to the Ooi River, a major river in Japan that travelers had to cross with the help of porters until the end of the Edo Era.
The one shrine I singled out this time is called Ooi Ebisu (大井恵比寿) as it is dedicated both to to the Oi Reiver and Ebisu God!

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I couldn’t find its founding date but it is quite old, even by Japanese standards!

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The roofing is in perfect condition although I suspect it must have been rebuilt many a time through the ages!

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Imposing lantern!

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It is particularly impressive at dusk!

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A new stone lantern standing by a venerable tree!

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This old bridge is open only on special occasions!

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Pity it is closed. I would have liked to investigate the interior!

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Very peaceful atmosphere in the evenings!

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Another ancient “monument”…

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I’ll be back soon, old tree!

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Kanza Ooi Shrine (神座大井神社) in Shimada City!

Finding a shrine can be sometimes confusing for a new visitor to Japan!

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The other day I took the bus of the Ikumi Line/Ikumisen/伊久身線 from Shimada Station North exit bus stop.
I got down at a stop called Kanza Miya Iriguchi/神座宮入口, meaning “Entry/Entrance/Iriguchi” to Kanza Shrine/Kanza Miya”.
The problem is that Jinjya/神社 and Miya/宮 (can also be pronounced “Gu”!) both mean “shrine”!
Incidentally as the line is heavily subsidized by the City it is very cheap, but there is only one bus every hour!

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To make matters a bit more complicated the whole shrine is dedicated to the River Ooi, hence the inclusion of its name, whereas the main shrine inside is only called Ooi Shrine!

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A very rural but solemn atmosphere in the cool tree shades by a scorching hot day!

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The hand-washing stone basin under its own roof!

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A very old “monument” probably predating everything around!

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The main shrine!

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Venerable trees all around!

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The guard lion seems a bit different!

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It is different indeed!

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Not only the paint but the style make it unusual!

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The big stone lanterns have been apparently added not so long ago!

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We can’t forget the other lion guard!

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An impressive roar!

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The main shrine!

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Lion guards on the roof of a Shinto shrine are unusual!

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The money offerings wooden box!

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The rice straw garland!

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The old plaque clearly states “Ooi Jinja/大井神社/Ooi River shrine”!

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Always look behind a shrine and you might find smaller and far older ones!

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Such small shrines are very probably more authentic as they were erected by small farming communities!

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In Kyoto and large cities they would have all but disappeared, thus erasing real history!

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These foxes confirm this is an “inari/稲荷” shrine to help rice crops!

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Walking around the other side of the main shrine!

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Here is another one!

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Poor little thing!

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Good-bye, kanza Ooi Shrine!

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Kura: Traditional Japanese Warehouse in Shizuoka Prefecture 21: Old Farm House Kura in Shimo, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

“Kura” (in Japanese 蔵 or 倉) means “warehouse” or “Storehouse”.
In traditional Japan, especially during the Edo Era, as most of buildings and urba/village structures were made of wood, fires were the bane of society by and large.
However well-protected a fire would consume a house or buildings and all its properties within minutes.
Hence a special building or warehouse was needed to protect goods and properties against such a catastrophe.
But erecting a storehouse solely made of concrete, stones and some metal cost a vast amount of silver and gold and only rich merchants and nobility could afford them. Even castles could not be built entirely of stone then.

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The other I noticed the pinion of a kura peeking over the greenery as I was cycling along a back road in Shimo, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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I didn’t really know what to do of it as the access seemed completely blocked.

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Anyway I decided to walk around and find out!

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I did meet a neighbor farmer who kindly told me this was not his, bit a neighbor’s kura and that I would have to walk around to find an access, if there was one.

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I only met another farmer who also kindly explained it was another farmer’s property!
He mentioned that it was practically abandoned but that it served as a rice storage kura in old times!

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Since then it had probably been transformed into a farm tool shack judging from the somewhat decrepit lower half!

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But the front is still worth looking at!

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Still a great window!

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Suijinsan Shrine (水神社) in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

There are many shrines in the Tomoe Rvier and the Jiroucho areas as they were nearer to the sea and the harbor in the old times.

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The torri gate!

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Although the name written on the torii gate plaque reads “みず神社/Mizu Jinja”, the locals prefer to call it “Suijinsan”!

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There is a second torii gate with the the same name on its plaque!

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Two fairly recent stone lanterns stand on both side of a signboard!

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The shrine was built between 1624 and 1643 and its festival is held on the 25th of June!

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The second stone lantern!

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The main shrine!

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The stone hand-washing basin under its roof!

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The “smiling” lion guard!

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The roaring lion guard!

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The wooden money offerings box and the bell rope!

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Can you see the bell?

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The worshipers ring the bell by shaking (not pulling) the rope, before prayers!

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The guarding lion and wild boar under the eaves!

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“Wild boars” do very much look like “elephants” sometimes but the ears give them away, although this is very debatable!

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Their golden eyes are also unusual!

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That tree must have witnessed a lot of history!

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A back slanted view of the second shrine behind the main shrine!

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Great roofing!

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The two shrines with roofs looking like waves!

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Good-bye, Suijinsan!

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Nishinomiya Shrine (西宮神社) & Masa Ichi Inari Shrine (正一位稲荷神社) in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

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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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

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