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Hachimangu Shrine (八幡宮神社) in Shimada City (Rokugo JR Station)!

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If you get off at Rokugo Station/六合駅 between Fujieda City and Shimada City JR Stations, go out through the south exit and you will find one of the five Shinto Shrines called Hachimangu in Shimada City!

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Stone lantern at the main gate

It is quite small but ancient.
Its small park seems popular with the local lovers who don’t have many places to talk in peace in this islated part of Shimada City!

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Moon and crescent motif openings of the the front gate stone lanterns!

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The roofed hand washing stone basin!

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Like any shrine, it is surrounded with old trees, not that remarkable, except for an old cherry tree with pure white blossoms!

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The main shrine building!

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Different and probably older stone lanterns!

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The deer and cloud motifs!

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The mountain motif!

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Like many other shrines, a more recent building stands in front of the original shrine whose access is guarded.

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The money offering box and the praying bell and rope!

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A bit too thin rice straw garland, but an interesting wooden motif!

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Taking a peek inside!

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A side view of both roofs!

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I couldn’t figure out what this roof decoration meant!

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Classical pinion motif!

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Good-bye, Hachimangu shrine!

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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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Sengen Shrine in Hattori Honcho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City

The other day I was looking for another Shinto Shrine in Hattori Honcho, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City. along the Warashina River and actually lost my way. That is when I discovered this small but ancient Shinto Shrine!

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The torii gate.

Fortunately I met an old lady cleaning the place who told me this Shirine was called Sengen for a good reason: it is actually the original location of the big Sengen Shrine which was moved a long time ago to the center of Shizuoka City!

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The stone had washing basin!

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A very old basin indeed!

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I discovered an old stone lantern by an even older votive stone between two grand trees!

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A deer!
Interestingly enough it was carved with the same patterns as the stone lanterns found found in Komagata Shrines in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Clouds!

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Mountains!

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I was also told that some of the pine trees around are well above 500 years old!

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Even their top broken some are really tall!

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And really thick!

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The shrine itself is of medium size and old, but very simple, although in good repair!!

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“Sengen Shrine” above a well-maintained rice straw rope garland!

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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!
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Sumiyoshi Shinto Shrine (住吉神社) in Shizuoka City!

I found this small shinto shrine in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, not that far from the center of town.
It is old and partly derelict, but still interesting!

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The old plaque on the torii gate proves it was of a certain importance in the past!

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Not so old stone lanterns guard the entrance beyond the torii gate.

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There is still another partly broken really ancient stone lantern!

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An old stone hand washing basin is till there, too!

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Unfortunately it is not in good repair!

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But the locals still use it for their summer festival held June 19th~July 1st!

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It is a pity that some people use its precincts as an ugly car park!

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Small but beautiful figures on the roof!

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More of them!

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I’ve seen that money offerings box crest in many other shrines!

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But this is what interests me most!

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A dragon!

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Interrogative eyes!

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Long tendrils!

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The guarding lions!

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Very similar to the ones found in nearby Komagata Shrine!

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Will come back end of June!

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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

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Komagata Shrine (駒形神社) in Shizuoka City!

I’m cycling past this shrine at least once a week!
It is called Komagata Shrine/Komagata Jinja/駒形神社, of the same name of the area found in Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

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Like most Shinto Shrines of some importance it guarded by two lions, one”smiling”,…

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and one “roaring”!

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It is a very old shrine dating back to the Heian era, some 1200 years ago!
These very old stones may have been erected for some celebrated locals!

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Of course you have to walk through a torii gate. This one is quite recent.

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On the other hand the two large stone lanterns were a lot older!

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They both bore identical carvings of a mountain,…

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a cloud,…

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and a deer!

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There were two more smaller stone lanterns bearing the same carvings!

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The deer!

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The cloud!

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And the mountains!

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It also included a small basin for ritual hand washing!

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With a small but beautiful Dragon spout!

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Unusually long horns!

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Surging forth out of nowhere!

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Although very old it was rebuilt in its present form about 430 years ago!

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An old votive stone!

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The Shrine Building!

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The money offerings box and its crest!

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A traditional corded rice straw garland made of stone!

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More guarding lions!

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A flying monster over the garland!

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Another Dragon!

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Komagata Shrine!

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Festival drum painted with the same crest!

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Unusual Shrine altar 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

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Myoonbensenten Shrine in Kyoto City

As I said before it is a good idea to keep your eyes open in Kyoto while forgetting the big toursit attractioons at the same time! You can take photographs in peace and check everything without disturbing anyone!

I found this small shrine in Kyoto City which had a nice little dragon!

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It is also called “Myoonten/妙音天”!

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The main shrine!

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There was also another newer but smaller one with many foxes!

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But that beautiful lonely dragon was the main attraction for me!

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Not that big, but really exquisite!

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Surging forth out of nowhere!

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A grand way to wash your hands!

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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

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Seorido Shrine in Miho, Suruga Ku, Shizuoka City!

When it comes to Shinto Shrines Shizuoka Prefecture is big enough and has enough history to provide visitors with discoveries. Shinto Shrines are never that big here, except for a very few, but they are many, and unfortunately most are forgotten, but the more mysterious for it.
I’m not a religious man, but I love architecture, art and history, and the discovery of the smallest detail can be more fulfilling than visiting grandiose but crowded monuments in world famous touristic spots!

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The other day cycling along a road parallel to the Miho Beach in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City, I discovered this shrine out of the blue.
Built no less than 1200 years ago, it goes under the ame of Seorido Shrine/瀬織戸神社.
Also called Bentensama/辨天様, it is dedicated to the Shinto Godess Seoritsuhime/瀬織津姫 and is devoted to the welfare of fishermen among others.

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Like any shinto shrine the access paved lane climbs up the small hill under a torii gate.

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Although the paved land around it of origin it must have built all over again many times!

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The main shrine building!

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Looking at the back locals still take good care of it!

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It is always a good idea to look at the eaves of such buildings as they reveal old parts!

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You realize that the whole place is built of bits and pieces from different eras!

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My eyes felt attracted to this very small shrine, some parts f which are definitely of another era!

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“See no evil, hear no evil, say no evil!”

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I carefully replaced the offered rice crackers after photographing!

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On old lady must have left this 1 yen coin as an offering!

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Lady worshipers should have a good look at his sign!
It says that if they participate to the shrine festival they will become beautiful (i will leave the translation to the locals!)!

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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