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Gokoku Shrine (護国神社) in Yunoki, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

Gokoku Shrine (護国神社) in yunoki, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City, for all its darker aspects since it is there to mainly look after the souls of soldiers killed in recent wars, is still a place worth a long visit as it also includes a forested park monthly used for flea markets.

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The main entrance torii/gate.
There are many entrances but none of their gates bear a plaque with the name of the shrine.

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Take a look at the stone map of the whole precinct at the entrance!

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Past the main entrance you will walk through a small forest with a big pond on your left inhabited by birds, fish and turtles!

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Even in winter it is a nice place to stroll through.

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Now is the season for the last leaves fall!

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A small bridge will lead you to the main shrine and its park.

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Large modern stone lantern!

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Approaching the main shrine!

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Spare a look at the small edifice on your left!

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Stone washing basin!

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The main torii gate!

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An old torii gate with its “mon”/crest!

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An imposing “smiling” lion guard!

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Its “roaring” companion!

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A traditional lantern!

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The “mon”/crest on the torii gate!

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Past the torii gate!

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It is a major shrine in Shizuoka Prefecture and has its own office and even its museum!

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The main shrine!

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The left roofed aisle!

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The right roofed aisle!

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The stone fence bears many names commemorating past Japanese Army Corps!

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Approaching the main shrine from the right!

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Details of the right aisle roofing!

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Old but in great repair!

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A small money offerings wooden box!

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The main access to the shrine!

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Votive offerings!

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An imposing facade with its rice straw garland and money offerings box!

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The curtains denote the importance of the shrine!

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The Imperial sixteen-petal chrysanthemum crest!

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The shrine also prays for peace and end of wars in the World!

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The traditional plaque with the name of the shrine!

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A peek in the interior past the cherry blossom bearing curtains!

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An enormous Japanese drum for Festivals!

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Off-limits interior!

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Back through the park!

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View of the main entrance on the way back!

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Big traditional stone lanterns at the entrance to the shrine office!

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The clouds and the deer!

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The mountain!

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There is a small but interesting war museum on the second floor.
Next report!

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Dragon picture!

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Stone lantern in the back garden!

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there is a sole kyudo/Japanese archery range open to all at the back of the office!

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Grand old archer!

Actually there is also a kyudo club inside the premises!

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Going out through one of the side entrances!

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Many small stone lanterns along the walkways!

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The side entrance/exit!

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Good-bye, Gokoku shrine!

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Kikkawa Hachiman (吉川八幡神社) Shrine in Kitsunegasaki Chyo in Shimizu Ku, Shziuoka City!

If you board the Shizutetsu railway Line from Cenova department Store in Aoi Ku, shizuoka City towards Shimizu Ku, get off at Kitsunegazaki (狐ヶ崎) Station and walk above and across the Railway Line on your left and you will discover another isolated old shrine!

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A placard stating that the old torii gate stood in a different spot!

You do have to walk around to find the round entrance!

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The old side entrance from which the original torii gate has disappeared!

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The general view of the shrine!

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An ancient stone lantern hidden in the surrounding vegetation!

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The stone hand washing basin with its roof!

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The stone lanterns and lion guards denote its local importance!

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The usual cloud and deer carvings!

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Ans also the mountain carving!

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The “smiling” guard lion on the left!

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Its right front paw resting on a smaller lion!
One day I will have to find the reason for this!

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The “roaring” guard lion on the right!

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Its left front paw resting on a ball!

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Old stone stairs climbing around the right of the front shrine!

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Looking backward from the same stairs!

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The front shrine building shaped as a gate bears the name of Hyahata Shrine/八幡神社!

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Looking backward from under the first building!

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This front building was erected in 1958!

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Year of the Horse placard!

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Interesting ancient map!

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A small museum?

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Local history!

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The older shrine at the back with the bell cord and rice straw garland!

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It certainly looks in service!

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A small peak inside!

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Roofing in good repair!

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More history!

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Good-bye Kikkawa Hachiman Shrine!

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Monjyu Yashiro (文殊社神社) & Atago (愛宕神社) Shrines in Sakurabashi Chyo in Shimizu Ku, Shziuoka City!

If you board the Shizutetsu railway Line from Cenova department Store in Aoi Ku, shizuoka City towards Shimizu Ku, get off at Sakurabashi (桜橋駅) Station and walk above and across the Railway Line on your left and you will discover an isolated old shrine!

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Actually, like many other shrines in Japan, you will find not one, but two shrines!

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This fairly new post indicates that it is a 村社/sonjya or village shinto shrine!

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This is a very old shrine, indeed, dating back to Japan Feudal Era!

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A real stone hand-washing basin!

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The main shrine!

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Venerable trees is a sure sign of the old age of the shrine!

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Now I wonder what that very heavy metal lid is for? Probably the cover of a big fireplace for festivals?

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Elegant stone lantern!

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With the cloud and deer carvings as found in many other shrines!

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And a mountain carving!

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The other lantern seemed a lot older!

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The lantern is just too old to figure out what that carving represents!

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Now, that stone lantern is really new!

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A “smiling” lion guard on the left!

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Its “roaring” companion on the right!

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The main shrine with its rice straw garland, its bell and its wooden money offerings box!

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Monjyu Yashiro/文殊社 shrine!

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The smaller and older shrine behind it!

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Pity that such shrines at the back are unusually inaccessible!

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From the other side!

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The names of old benefactors!

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This old shrine is not dedicated t the same deities!

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This shrine dates back from the Tokugawa Ieyasu Lord Era!

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Atago/愛宕 shrine!

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Now, this is a truly old tree!

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No wonder it is considered as a natural cultural asset by the City of Shizuoka!

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Sonsha Ooi Shrine (村社大井神社) & Sui Shrine (水神社) in Shimada City!

If you take the Ikumi Line/伊久身線 in Shimada City you will notice a torii gate at the foot of a long stone stairway next to Mukaiaisuimon/向合水門 bus stop.

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At first I had surmised it was the location of a single shrine called Sonsha Ooi Shrine (村社大井神社) which can be translated to “Village Shrine under the jurisdiction of Ooi Shrine”

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The first torii gate at the foot of the flight of stairs!

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Actually there was a monument standing beside he same stairs!

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Probably marking the site of the original shrine!

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The stairs leading to the main shrine!

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Almost there!

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The main shrine!

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A real stone hand washing basin under its own roof!

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A very old wood money offerings box!

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The roof seemed in good enough repair!

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Walking around the main shrine I noticed something else behind.
Nothing surprising as very often bigger buildings are built in front of the original shrine to restrict the access!

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Can you see it?

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Access completely blocked from there!

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Try as I may I wouldn’t reach it that way!

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Neither from the left hand side!

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That is when I found a path leading up on the left!

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Trekking around it!

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The roof of the original shrine behind the main building!

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From a precarious height I could somehow see the largest part of it!

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I even managed to get down around it only to be blocked by a surrounding wall!

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I could also get an aerial view of the roof of the main building!

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A typical moon and sun stone lantern!

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Old wood!

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I’m afraid that is how far one can go barring a housebreak!

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I decided to walk back and down around it!

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A last glance!

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I had to tread carefully!

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Instead of cutting back along my steps I decided to walk more to the right along another narrow path. That is when I discovered the second shrine!

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Usual rice straw garland but unusual metal money offerings box!

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A different style of stone lantern!

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Another smaller and older shrine!

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Down a modern flight of stairs!

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What do we have here?

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The name of the shrine by the stone hand washing basin under a roof!
Sui Shrine (水神社)!

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It does not look as as impressive as the shrine it is supposed to look after!

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Same stone lantern as above!

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Its torii gate!

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The bridge leading to it!

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A quaint shrine!

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Good-bye, sui Shrine!

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Walking around back to the original entrance!

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How long has that tree been there?

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Good-bye Sonsha Ooi Shrine!

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Floating Shinto Shrine in Shimada City!

If you ride along the Ikumi Line/伊久身線 in Shimada City you will discover a small new shnto shrine near the Dai Ichi Shogakou/第一小学校 bus stop!

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You can’t miss it as it is located near a cemetery amenities shop!

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It might be small but the bright white and red colors peek through the trees!

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You will see it across the street!

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This is the Shinto Shrine with its torii gate in front!

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But the building beside it is a Buddhist Temple!
It is not rare in Japan to find the two faiths cohabiting peacefully!

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The Temple is not that big but it is old although someone lives inside!

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Many temples and shrines share the same architectural characteristics!

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Interestingly enough the shrine, although it bears no visible name, has two different torii ates!

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A typical shrine color in Japan although it might vary between light orange and red purpleRE!

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But this one is very new!

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You are easily excused if you think at first this all the same religious site!

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The small temple is really old but its roofing is in good repair!

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But the rest of it might need some work!

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The walls areas simple as they can be!

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But I wouldn’t change the pinions!

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Taking a last peek around the building!

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Good-bye, “floating shrine”!

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Ooi Uami Shrine (大井鵜網神社)in Shimada City!

I was walking down along the Ikumi River in the north east of Shimada City when I found this small shrine just beside Uami bus stop.
I couldn’t find its name mentioned until I met a grand lady almost as advanced in years as the strange alien man who spoke to her in Japanese. It must have been quite an event for her and she kindly, giggling all he time, explained that this particular shrine was under the jurisdiction of the very big Ooi Shrine in the center of Shimada City.
Although the Ikumi River is only a branch river of the Ooi River it benefits from the aura of its bigger elder.

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As demonstrated by the somewhat drab rice straw garland there are many people able to look after it these days….

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In its heydays worshipers must have felt solemn walking u the stairs between venerable cedar trees!

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It was a blazing hot day and even the stairs were welcome in the cool shade!

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A somewhat lonely hand washing stone basin!

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Almost there!

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The great thing about these shrines lost in the country is that they also include smaller and far older, and arguably more authentic shrines that were truly erected by locals!

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Who built this ages ago?

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Did descendants built this fairly new one!

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Now this minuscule stone shrine was erected before our era!

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The main shrine!

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An ancient money offerings wooden box!

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Meager rice straw garland!

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But a peek inside proved it is still actively worshiped!

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it is actually in good repair!

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But I feel more attracted to the smaller ones!

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The most venerated cedar tree of the site!

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Slowly walking back downstairs but trying to keep in the shade as long as possible!

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A rice straw garland lining two trees is quite unusual!

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Very old stairs indeed!

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Blazing summer afternoon!

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Good-bye, Ooi Shrine in Uami!

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Hachiman Shrine (八幡神社) in Kawaguchi, Shimada City!

If you board a bus on the Ikumi Line/伊久身線 in Shimada City and go down at a bus stop called Yama Ie/山家, walk across the bridge and you will find this shrine on your right at the next crossroads!

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Although the name ”八幡” is usually pronounced “Hyahatta”, the locals call the shrine “Hachiman”!

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An old and a bit lonely stone hand washing basin!

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The main shrine!

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Big and fairly new stone lantern!

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Venerable cedar tree!

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Walking nearer…

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The left lion guard!

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Not really smiling…

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With a paw resting on the back of a small lion!

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The roaring lion guard on the right!

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With its paw resting atop a globe!

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No money offerings box?

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I discovered a smaller shrine on the left!

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It has a small wooden money offerings box!

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Actually the real shrine like in many other places is behind the main building!

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Sometimes I wonder why they are not readily accessible!

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Doors secured with an old-fashioned lock!

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The roofing is in good repair!

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Seen through the main building sliding doors (locked!)!

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There was another small ancient shrine to be found on the right!

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With its own money offerings box!

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A better view from that angle actually!

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It was a blazing hot day!

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A last look at the main building!

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Good-bye, Hachiman!

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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

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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-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

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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-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

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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-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
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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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-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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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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-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

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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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-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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-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

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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Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents