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Okitsuhiko Shrine (興津彦神社) in Shizuoka City!

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People tend to overlook Okitsuhiko Shrine (興津彦神社) in Kuruma Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City as it is overshadowed by the enormous torii gate leading to Sengen Shrine on the other side of the street!

It also tends to be dwarfed by company buildings on both sides and the big traffic running along!

But the plaque on the torii gate denotes the grand age of the site although it is in very good repair and regularly repainted!

Apparently it is a shrine dedicated to fire!

More history to study!

Some very old votive stones are still preserved on the site!

An unusual shape for a stone lantern!

I noticed that same cross pattern in Oi Shrine in Shimada City!

The shrine all made of stone and concrete!
I understand why it is dedicated to fir!
Impossible to burn down like so many other shrines!

The rice straw garland seems to regularly replaced!

An old friend seems to be guarding the place!

Laughing dragon!

Lion guards!

The phoenix is not unusual but the flying female deity is!

The left lion guard is found on the wall!

The right side lion guard is accompanied by a younger/smaller one as found in some other shrines!

There is a phoenix on three of the four walls!

Unusual sea waves!

The third phoenix!

The flying deity reminds so much of the sky spirit at the Matsubara Hagoromo site in Miho, Shimizu Ku!

Praying or navigating through the clouds?

Very attractive indeed!

The back is bare but for a locked steel door!

Good-bye, Okitsuhiko Shrine!

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