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Oi Shrine (大井神社) in Shimada City (1)!

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Oi Shrine (大井神社) in Shimada City is not only big but it is actually a whole collection of big and small shrines which accumulated there with times because of so many people having to stop there in Edo Times before crossing the very wide and dangerous Oi River.
As I visit Shimada City regularly, I think it is better to describe it in smaller articles in the near future than going into a unending story!
Let just me show what I took yesterday!

The famous statues of the Obi Festival which takes pplace every 3 years! The next one will be in 2016!

Japanese garden and river!

The entrance to the small bridge over the stream!

A large lantern!

One of the many hand washing basins!

The whole complex is surrounded with low stone walls and streams!

The following pictures were taken a little later just at dusk!

One of the side entrance torii gates!

Lighted lanterns under venerable trees!

Back to the hand washing stone basin!

One of the bigger shrines!

Back to the dancing statues in the dark!

A stone lantern surrounded by azalea trees!

The roaring guarding lion!

His smiling counterpart!

To be continued…

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