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Shinshuu Ootaniha Daishin Kaizan Myoushyouji Temple (真宗大谷派大心海山明照寺) in Shizunami, Makinohara City!

The other day as I walked towards Shizunami beach from Shizunami bus station I noticed this Buddhist Temple along the way.
As I had plenty of time on hand and I was looking for some momentary shade from the blazing sun i decided to have a look around!

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Contrary to Shinto shrines Buddhist temples have long names!
Shinshuu Ootaniha Daishin Kaizan Myoushyouji Temple or 真宗大谷派大心海山明照寺!

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In the countryside the difference between temples and shrines is tenuous in architecture and facilities.
For example a hand washing stone basin is not that common in Buddhist Temples.

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Now, this bell tower is typical of a Buddhist temple!

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Lion guards also rend to of a different kind!

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Certainly more elaborate!

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And probably more gentle-looking!

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The crest of the temple!

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Grateful for the shade and the greenery!

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Very old cicada tree, indeed!

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The temple crest again!

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Dragons don’t seem to worry about the creed!

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A slightly mocking dragon!

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A leery dragon?

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Fine figurines on the splendid roofs!

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What is their purpose?

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back on the road…

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Kataoka Sumiyoshi Shrine (片岡住吉神社) in Yoshida Cho!

Sometimes you have to keep your eyes open!
I was riding the bus to Shizunami in Yoshida Cho and was nearing my destination when I noticed this shrine our of the window.
I noted the bus stop and on my way back I alighted to investigate!

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It looked quite impressive for a “local” shrine!
Actually I had the luck to meet its resident “kanshi/priest” who provided me with many an interesting point.
In fact, they are going to hold their annual festival this Sunday, meaning a second trip there!

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A beautiful stone lantern!

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Unusual motif!

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I was a bit confused at the different names of the shrine.
The name written on the torii gate, “Sumiyoshi” is actually the name of the god venerated there, whereas the name of the shrine is Kataoka!

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I’ve been to other shrines also called Sumiyoshi, in shizuoka City in particular, and I started to understand because of similarities.
For example this guarding lion!

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He has his paw resting on a smaller lion!

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And the other guarding lion!

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His paw is resting on a ball!

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I was told that the main shrine was built 100 years or more ago, but some of the streets are found in records dating back to the 1640’s!

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The shrine is definitely of importance as it includes a preliminary roofed gate with guarding lodges!

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Getting nearer!

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it clearly states the name of Kataoka Shrine!

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The tiny right-hand side guard in its minuscule lodge!

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His companion on the left!

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The roofed hand washing stone basin!

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The proper way to wash your hands!

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A real boulder for a basin!

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This shrine was erected mainly for the protection of local sailors and fishermen as demonstrated by this giant oyster!

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The main shrine!

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Beautiful urn!

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The rice straw garland has been replaced anew!

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Lion and wild boar guard!

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And a dragon giving a hand!

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“Kataoka Shrine”!

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The money offerings box!

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No less than three portable shrines being readied for the coming festival!

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The festival drum!

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Crested curtain!

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This fishing boat was donated to the Shrine by the Fishing Companies Owners Association!

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Bearing the name of “Sumiyoshi”!

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A last look at the roofing!

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Making my way back home!
Actually the kanushi even offered me a drive!

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See you again on Sunday!

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Miwa Shrine (三輪神社) in Shizuoka City!

As I was cycling along the Abe River in Shimo (下), Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, I barely noticed this torii gate on my right against the wooded slope!

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Naturally I turned back, got off my bicycle and started exploring the alley between old cedars past the torii gate!

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What is that in the distance?

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Getting nearer!

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A hand-washing stone basin and its awning!

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Very unusual hand washing stone basin!

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Stone lantern at the bottom of a flight of stairs!

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The flight of stairs leading to the main shrine!

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Very much against a steep slope!

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The main shrine!

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The guarding lions!

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The smiling lion guard!

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Its roaring counterpart!

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The money offerings box!

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An offering of red beans from a local farmer!

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The shrine has been used for a long time by local farmer as witnessed by the old photographs!

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The back of the shrine sheltering festival tools and an altar!

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Looking back at the hand washing stone basin downstairs!

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i discovered an older and smaller flight of stairs almost hidden on the right!

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An older and smaller shrine!

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The rice straw garland proves it is still much venerated!

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The roofing is in good repair!

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Looking down at the main shrine!

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Robust roofing there, too!

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Pleasant atmosphere!

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Many old names of local faithfuls!

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I tried to peek inside to look at the altar but it was too dark!

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That is how I found the name of the shrine!

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This seemingly old picture was taken in 1975!

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Rural Japan!

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Good-bye Miwa Shrine!

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Oi Shrine (大井神社) in Shimada City (1)!

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!

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

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Japanese garden and river!

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The entrance to the small bridge over the stream!

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A large lantern!

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One of the many hand washing basins!

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

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

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One of the side entrance torii gates!

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Lighted lanterns under venerable trees!

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Back to the hand washing stone basin!

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One of the bigger shrines!

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Back to the dancing statues in the dark!

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A stone lantern surrounded by azalea trees!

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The roaring guarding lion!

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His smiling counterpart!

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To be continued…

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

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!

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

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

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Apparently it is a shrine dedicated to fire!

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More history to study!

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

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An unusual shape for a stone lantern!

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

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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!

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The rice straw garland seems to regularly replaced!

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An old friend seems to be guarding the place!

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Laughing dragon!

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Lion guards!

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

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The left lion guard is found on the wall!

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

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There is a phoenix on three of the four walls!

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Unusual sea waves!

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The third phoenix!

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

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Praying or navigating through the clouds?

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Very attractive indeed!

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The back is bare but for a locked steel door!

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Good-bye, Okitsuhiko Shrine!

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Atago Shrine (愛宕神社) in Shizuoka City! Part 2

Atago Shrine (愛宕神社) is only one of many such named shrines in Japan and it has been standing for more than 500 years on one of the ancient Tokaido Rads.
Due to its age it is more a cluster of shrines than a single one.
This is the second installment starting from the Miwa Torii/Triple Torii Gate of Kinpei Shrine!

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It was then back to climbing the long stone stairs!

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Some the ancient cedar trees along the way were truly enormous!

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Some even bore an official name!

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Taking a break to have a look back at the stairs I have already climbed!

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Coming to a bend!

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Another big stone torii gate in the distance!

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It proved to be just another torii gate to encourage you climbing the stairs between the tall cedar trees!

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This particular part of the stairs is called the “Goblin’s Climb”!

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A bifurcation to the Shimizu Mountain!

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That will be for the next time!

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Way to the Atago Boulder Forest. We are in Kutsunoya machi, 3 Chome!

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Stone lanterns guarding the entrance to another small shrine on the way!

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Unusual shape!

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I will have to check the mountain trekking possibilities soon!

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A sacred tree, a shrine shed and a small park!

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Three very ancient small shrines!

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A remarkable old tree clinging to the slope!

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The last flight of stairs!

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In sight at last!

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Atago Shrine!

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The stone hand washing basin!

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The proper way to wash your hands!

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A shrine shed and an isolated stone lantern!

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Familiar carvings on it!

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A cloud and a mountain!

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But no deer this time!

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Festivals schedule!

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The main shrine!

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Well-preserved pinion!

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The altar is a bit at the back!

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Offerings!

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A sponsor’s lantern!

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The rice straw garland!

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The roofing is in good repair in spite of the height!

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Another beautiful pinion!

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Back to the entrance!

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Good-bye Atago Shrine!

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Atago Shrine (愛宕神社) in Shizuoka City! Part 1

Atago Shrine (愛宕神社) is only one of many such named shrines in Japan and it has been standing for more than 500 years on one of the ancient Tokaido Rads.
Due to its age it is more a cluster of shrines than a single one.

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The entrance to the long flight of stairs leading to it is located in Kutsunoya mchi in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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The whole area is clustered with very ancient cedar trees!

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The entrance just opens behind the abandoned warehouse of former Inoue Sake Brewery!

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They don’t really need this ugly new board sign!

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The stairs are only beginning!

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Last look back.
The rail is used for transport by the local farmers and the shrine attendants!

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The stairs climb beside some abodes and small farms!

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One of the local farms!

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Very old stone stairs and buttresses!

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A Buddhist altar and the first Shinto Shrine!

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Plenty of history to read!

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A deer often seen on such stone lanterns but the cloud has been hollowed out!

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The mountain and the cloud in relief!

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This little shrine goes by the name of Raigu (来宮)!

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It has its own hand-washing stone basin!

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Not far up stands a very unusual torii gate!

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It is a triple gate, very probably the only one in the Prfecture!

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Such a triple gate is called a “Miwa torii” (三輪鳥居)!

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But it will need repair soon!

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Two foxes guard it, so it must be an “Inari Shrine” (稲荷神社)!

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They seem to guard the offerings!

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beside the bigger triple torri gate stand two small altars with a minuscule torii gate!
The name of this shrine apparently is “Kinpei Shrine” (金平神社)!

To be followed…

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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Shirahige Shrine (白髭神社)in Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Shimojima!

There are many Shinto shrines called “Shirahige/白髭/White Beard” in Shizuoka City and Prefecture!
I discovered this one through pure luck while cycling along a side street in Shimojima, Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City!

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It must be pretty old as the newest of the three torii gates dates back more than 120 years ago!

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It is one of those shrines which must have been repaired and rebuilt many a time but are still actively venerated!

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It is a bit unusual to discover three stone torii gate in a row!

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Looking back at the entrance!

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Many stone lanterns!

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The last torii gate!

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Let’s look at one of the stone lanterns!

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A deer and a cloud!

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The cloud is a bit different on that lantern!

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And the deer is facing the other way!

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The lion guarding the left!

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And the one guarding the right!

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Guarding lions and wild boars under the eaves!

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The shrine!

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The crested money offerings box!

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The proper way to salute!

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The inside is properly looked after!

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Small offering tables!

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The greatest part of the shrine building has been recently restored!

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Especially the back part!

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Cute pinion!

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Beautiful roofing!

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Good-bye White Beard!

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-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Kura: Traditional Japanese Warehouse in Shizuoka Prefecture 19: Former Inoue Sake Brewery Kura in 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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In kutsunoya Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, near the Atago Shinto Shrine Inoue sake Brewery used to stand there.
Unfortunately when hos father died some 13 years ago, his son working for Shizuoka Bank preferred money over culture and sold most of the land to a sushi restaurant destroying centuries-old tress and walls in the process.
Now only a house where his mother still lives and an abandoned kura bear witness of the past.

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The kura was not pulled down because that part of the land could not be sold and it would cost too much money as the walls are still very solid.
On the hand the inside has been emptied of all past relics and stands empty and forlorn.

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The wooden frame and lintels of the superb windows are going to dust.

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The roofing is still in good repair, though!

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Even an earthquake has little chance to bring it down!

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Tell me, Mr. Inoue, how long will we enjoy its sight?

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Ikama Shrine (伊河麻神社) in Shizuoka City

Ikama Shrine (伊河麻神社) in Inagawa, Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City is a very ancient one dating back to 675 but it was burnt down many a time and certainly had witnessed better days.
It is nonetheless worth visiting!

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The entrance torii gate!

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The hand-washing stone basin!

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Imposing stone lantern!

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intricate design for such a shrine feature!

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A somewhat decrepit incinerator!

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A very ancient tree indeed, but we’ll go back to it later!

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A history lesson!

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Two ancient small shrines whose torii gates have been restored!

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A red torii gate!

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The ancient shrine!

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An orange torii gate!

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Somewhat bigger than its neighbor!

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A bit isolated small new stone lantern!

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Proofs that the site was destroyed at times!

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The main shrine!

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The rice straw garland!

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Guarding lions!

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The crested curtain!

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Crested money offerings box!

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The interior!

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Ceremonial flags!

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Japanese sake offerings!

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Festival drum!

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Back to the front courtyard!

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Prayer papers!

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Although the roofing is recent, the pinions are much older!

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Restored eaves!

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Robust roofing!

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From another angle!

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Back to the venerable tree!

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He must have a lot of stories to tell!

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Good-bye!

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-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Inomiya Shrine (井宮神社) in Shizuoka City!

in spite of its respectable size, Inomiya Shrine in Aoi Ku, Shzuoka City, does not welcome many visitors because of the proximity of the biggest shrine in Shizuoka City, namely Sengen Shrine.

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It is nonetheless well advertised although its torii tends to be overlooked along a busy thoroughfare.

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it is very very old but it was rebuilt on the present location in 1776!

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But quite a few predate the coming of the shrine!

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The nearby mountain provides a natural background in the city!

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Take your time climb the stairs!

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Hydrangeas are plentiful in this season!

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The main shrine!

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The hand-washing stone basin!

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An unusual frog sitting on the lid over the well!

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Imposing stone lanterns!

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A mountain pattern carving can be guessed on the very old stone!

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I’ve seen these patterns of a deer and cloud, as well as of the mountain, in many other shrines!

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But the guarding lions do look different!

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The left guarding lion!

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He rests his paw over the belly of a smaller lion. Unusual!

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The lion on the right!

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Resting his paw atop a ball!

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There is something unusual about his maws!

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Try as I may, I couldn’t take out the stone ball out!

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The main shrine front!

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The money offerings box!

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The rice straw garland!

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Roofing decoration!

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From another angle!

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The proper way to salute the shrine!

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Inomiya Shrine is actually the combination of three different shrines!

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Back to the stairs!

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More information!
That is when I noticed another very small shrine at the back!

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Almost completely hidden from view!

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Beautiful small torii gates!

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One of the two foxes guarding it!

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The money offerings box!

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The other fox over a strange flame!

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The oldest tree inside the shrine grounds!

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The shrine shed and office!

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Overlooking the city!

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A last view from the hydrangea-lined stairway!

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Back through the main torii gate!

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Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Kura: Japanese Traditional Warehouses in Shizuoka Prefecture 18: Old Farm Kura In 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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Yesterday, because of the typhoon I decided to walk all the way to a destination I usually reach by biycle and had the opportunity to discover an old, if a bit samall, kura in Chiyo 4 Chome, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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It must have been used for ages considering the shed abutting it!

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The end window was in good repair, though.

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The “namako” design at the bottom of the wall was flaking away on the other hand!

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The roof tiling and the upper wall metal work was also in good enough condition.

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The window from another angle.

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Pity the derelict shed was blocking the total view!

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The roof pinion was also in good repair, so the kura must be used as a shed/shck for farm tools!

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The farmhouse looks as old as the kura but might be replaced in the near future!

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-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
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-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Sankaban Inari Shrine (三加番稲荷神社) in Higashi Kusabuka Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

I had noticed this small shrine for quite some time in Higashi Kusabuka Cho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City because of its many red torii gates.

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The paint is flaking away these days but I remember when they were a bright orange red!

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Sankaban Inari Shrine (三加番稲荷神社) is very old indeed and must have been rebuilt countless times as it was first erected on this spot in 1651 after the Yui Shosetsu Revolt as the third of a series of three identical shrines.

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But the concrete wall and votive pillar are quite recent.

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the concrete torii gate is probably older than the wooden smaller red torii gates.

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There are eight torii gates, but I wonder if that number has a special meaning.

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I heard it is still used for festivals but it certainly needs some maintenance.

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This stone hand washing basin placed halfway the torii gates is probably the most ancient item in the whole place.

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There is another, very old too, behind the torii gates.

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The shrine.

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The greenery adds a little color to the somewhat forlorn site!

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The rice straw garland seemed to me a bit unusual although a local lady told me it is pretty normal!

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The shrine name plaque is the oldest part of the whole edifice!

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Some parts do need repair!

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Interesting roof pinion!

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Bye-bye and all the best!

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-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Ogushi Shrine (小梳神社 ) in Shizuoka City!

Ogushi Shrine (小梳神社 ) is an ancient and well-known Shinto Shrine in Shizuoka City, within easy walking distance from Shizuok JR Station just across from Parco Department Store.
Its grounds are extensively used during flea markets and other events, but people usually miss a lot of interesting details!

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The torii gate!

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The old name pillar!

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It is guarded by the usual two lions!

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But the horn on this one is out of the ordinary!

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Its facing acolyte doesn’t have one!

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The shrine was oirginally standing on the grounds of the Sumpu Castle but it was moved to the present location after Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu’s death during the 17th Century!

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The hand-washing stone basin!

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One of the two enormous stone lanterns!

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You will find a small shrine on your left past the torii gate!

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It has its own torii gate!

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The access bridge flies over a carp pond!

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The carps!

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It is also guarded by two lions!

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The other lion!

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Small and beautiful shrine!

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It is guarded by a minuscule dragon!

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And two roaring lions!

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An ancient hand-washing stone basin is still in use beside it!

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Leaving the small shrine!

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A building probably used a shed!

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The main shrine!

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An old wooden lantern placed atop a new concrete pillar!

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The rice–straw garland!

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The coin offerings box with a double crest!

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This particular shrines apparently serves a double purpose!

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Plenty of sake bottles offerings inside!

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The festival drum!

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The two crests!

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A side view of the main shrine!

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From another angle!

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If you proceed left of the main shrine you will find not one, but two smaller shrines guarded by different animals!
The torri gate of the first and bigger one!

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Fox guards!

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These are always different!
One with a closed mouth!

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The other keeping a scroll between its maws!

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Once again a small but beautiful shrine!

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It is also decorated with a rice straw garland!

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Frolicking foxes!

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An even smaller one stands at the back!

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Discarded roof peak?

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Guarded by two foxes again!

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A fierce fox of unusual colors!

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The other looking fierce, too!

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Obviously a more ancient shrine!

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The main shrine seen from a side entrance on its right!

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The side entrance torii gate!

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A last look at Ogushi Shrine!

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
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Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Inari Myoujin Shrine in Umegashima, Shizuoka City!

Yesterday I had to revisit a favorite place of mine again up in the mountains along the Abe River in Shizuoka City!

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It was still early in the morning at at around 9:30!

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i come here regularly as my goof friend, Ms. Asami Ito of marufuku Seisha Tea Co. in Shizuoka City. has a piece of land up there with an old house and plenty of Japanese plum trees!

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It does take time to reach the place, even by car, at least an hour as you have t climb up a sole narrow road up to 1,000 meters height!

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But the vistas waiting for you there are worth the whole trip!

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Now, the very place we have to alight from the car is beside the highest green tea field in Japan!

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I don’t know exactly when, but the local farmers in Higashi Mine, Umegashima, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City erected this small house to protect and ancient small shrine called Inari Myoujin/稲荷明神!

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The small torii gate was actually created by a local wood cutter who has a shed just nearby!

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This is a very rare design in Japan with the upper beam a real tree trunk just cut and peeled off!
Beautiful!

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Inari Myoujin Shinto Shrine!

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The original and truly ancient shrine tucked inside!

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Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents