Tag Archives: Shinto Shrines

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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-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

Fudo No Taki Shrine (不動の滝神社) in Shizuoka City with Waterfalls and Wild Bears!

Along the Abe River, about 10~12 km from the center of Shizuoka City, in Aoi Ku, Ushizuma more exactly is a small waterfall called Fudo No Taki/不動の滝/”The Unmoving Waterfalls” with a small Shinto Shrine which does not really have a real name and is thus named after the waterfalls.
I went there for the second time yesterday for another reason that you will discover right away!

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Can you imagine?

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“熊/Kuma” stands for “wild bears”!

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That is for people who can read Japanese!

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These signs are everywhere around the small car park at the bottom of the narrow lane leading to the waterfalls!
I do believe those signs as I already have had the occasion to eat bear meat in Shizuoka Prefecture!

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And one more sign before the climb announcing the waterfalls!
Do not be too concerned, bears are shy animals.
Just in case keep clapping your hands regularly to announce your intrusion and they will keep away!

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The climb lasts only 300 meters. It is steep but short and thoroughly enjoyable, although I did sweat buckets!

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The water is very clear, clean, cool and tasty!

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Getting near!

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Small but cute waterfalls!

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Thanks to the running water the air will be cooler nad more comfortable even in yesterday’s record heat!

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Photographing is a bit difficult, what with the narrow defile and steep stairs!
Real photographers should bring powerful zooms!

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It is actually possible to walk in the stream and stand under the falling water!

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The small shrine and its torii gate!

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It is quite old but in good repair!

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Interestingly enough the doors were not locked and I could take pictures inside although it was just a bit too dark!

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Sorry but the left side was really dark!

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but the window on the right allowed a nice view onto the waterfalls!

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Apparently it is still regularly used for festivals!

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Good-bye shrine, waterfalls and bears!

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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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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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-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

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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-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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Ogushi Shrine Festival (小梳神社 祭) in Shizuoka City 3: The Parade!

Ogushi Shrine (小梳神社), a shrine almost 400 years old is located in Koyamachi, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City in front of Parco Department Store.
It is also the scene of a very local and ancient festival happening over two weeks in the middle of July.
Yesterday, Sunday July 20th saw the main attraction with the parade carrying the “omikoshi/portable shrine” around Aoi Ku in Shizuoka City.

This is the third installment of five photography report:

THE PARADE

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The parade is about to leave Ogushi Shrine for more than three hours around Aoi Ku!

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The notables first!

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The last cup of sake!

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Notables preparing the way at the Torii gate!

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The shrine caretakers!

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First the “tengu”. His pace will define that of all the parade!

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This gentleman will have to walk all the way on these very high clogs supported by no less than four helpers!

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The kids’ omikoshi coming next!

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The main omikoshi coming out!

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Women power!

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The last rites!

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Cute smiles!

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Taking off!

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Led by a lady! How about that!

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The “Tengu” doing fine!

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Still doing fine!

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Luckily enough the omikoshi will stop many times on the way allowing him a welcome rest!

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Light-hearted parade!

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Even the rain can’t stop the parade!

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Three hours later back at Ogushi Shrine!

Don’t worry separate articles are coming on the omikoshi and performers!

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Families having a great time!

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Thank you to all!

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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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-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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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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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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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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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

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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-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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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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Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

Ashitsuki Shrine (足坏神社 ) in Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Okugumi (Ashikubo)

There are many practically forgotten Shinto Shrines along rivers and the foot of mountains in Shizuoka Prefecture due to the moving of population away from the rural areas.
The other day it took me no less than 4 hours on my old bicycle to find Ashitsuki Shrine up along the Ashikubo River in blinding heat but it certainly was worth the effort as it has been almost completely forgotten by the locals who had problems to inform me!
It was only when I found myself only 200 meters that someone confidently pointed me the way!

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it is completely hidden from the view from across the road or river. And the only way to find it is to go down form your bicycle and push it along. That is, if you are not a local!
It is completely surrounded with trees and the entrance is invaded by beautiful hydrangeas!

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The old, a bit lonely torii gate!

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The surrounding area is green tea land!

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Very tall trees!

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The shrine!

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The main shrine!

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Old stone lantern with sun and moon openings!

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Ashitsuki Shrine (足坏神社 ) written the old way round!

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Actually for its look of abandonment, the shrine is still being used for local matsuri/festivals!

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The money offerings box!

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Benefactors’ names!

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More of them!

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Driftwood decoration!

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There was another smaller shrine behind with closed doors!

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Including a small kamidana/altar!

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i also found a large shrine shed!

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I managed to open it and discovered a festival drum and empty tea boxes!

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interesting roof architecture of the main shrine!

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Back down very old stone stairs!

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A last look at the stone lanterns!

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A last farewell before hitting the road!

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Takyou Shrine (建穂神社)in Takyou, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

Another long, very long cycling trip to find an elusive shrine I had discovered on the internet and decided to investigate: Takyou Shrine (建穂神社)!
It is located along the Warashina River, a main tribute of the Abe River.
Of course i got lost a few times on the way (but with positive results!)!

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After a half dozen misses I knew I was on the right way!
Why do streets always look so wide on maps? LOL

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Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takyou, 1-20, almost two haours by (normal) bicycle from the city center!

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The toriii gate on top of the stone stairs!

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The main shrine!

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Old wood!

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Old trees around a Shinto Shrine are a good indicator of its age, even if it is regularly re-built!

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Truly enormous by Shizuoka standards!

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View over Takyou through the torii gate!

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I discovered two older edifices beside and behind the main Shrine building!

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Small and old!

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With its own rice straw garland!

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The old ancient original shrine was being repaired!

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Stone stairway from another age!

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It also had its own rice straw garland!

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Wild boar guards!

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Carved wood of another age!

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Old style false window!

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Everything but the roofing is made of carved wood!

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Ancient craft as I couldn’t see any nails!

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A study in old architecture!

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From another angle!

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The red painted metal roofing!

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Local people are very proud of the Great Takyou Shrine Cedar Tree!

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Impossible to frame inside a single picture!

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Another tree well over 500 years old!

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A couple of last pictures before riding back home: the main building rice straw garland!

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Roof tile decoration!

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Japanese Sake Barrels and Others at Shinto Shrines in Kyoto City!

One big difference between Shinto Shrines and Buddhist Temples in japan is that you will find Japanese sake barrels in the former and never in the latter!
It is great fun for the sake lovers to check which breweries are being represented!

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Kamomioya ShrinE!

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A little history for you!

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This is unusual: real rice offerings!

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Take your pick!

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And there were a lot more!

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Left half!

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Right half!

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Now, what is the name of this shrine?

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Tenmangu shrine!

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Even more unusual! An old sake press!

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The second one!
Both had been donated by Geikkeikan Brewery!

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I found even more fighting for space with a car park!

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Side view!

Good hunting!

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Aihama Shirahige Shrine (相俣白髭神社)-Thunder Stone (雷石) in Aihama, Aoi Ku, Shizuoka City!

Yesterday I decided to cycle along a rout I hadn’t done for almost three years: Warashina River in Aoi ku, Shzuoka City!

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I hadn’t found much of interest (I did on the way back, though!) until I reached Warabiko Rest Area which also includes a public bath.

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Apart of some very useful amenities they also had a map of the area!

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I noticed the name of a Shinto Shrine called Aihama Shirahige Jinjya/”Aihama” stands for the area, “Shirahige/White Beard is a very common name for shrines and “jinjya” for shrine.
They also mentioned the Thunder Stone/Kaminari Ishi/雷石. It looked pretty impressive on the map.
later i had to come to the conclusion of not trusting such maps too much when it came to size and importance! LOL

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It didn’t look that far on the map but it took me a good one hour uphill to find it.
On the way I stopped at the Kiyosawa street Station to eat some succulent local wild boar croquettes where ladies were kind to tell me to just go straight ahead!
I cycled and cycled until I knew I must passed it.
I stopped to ask some local farmers as there are quite many around cultivating rice and a famous brand of green tea called “Honyama”!.
It took me time to explain rightly what I was looking for and found out I had just passed it!

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Well, I challenge anyone, Japanese included to find that minuscule sign!
Lucky I was on a bicycle!

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The sign, for its small size, was brand new so the shrine must have found some recognition of late.
I asked a few people people on the way back but nobody could tell me how old it was.
The fact there many shrine called “white beard” in the area didn’t help!

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The stairs leading to the shrine were old, narrow and barely in repair!

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Judging from the vegetation it must cleared only once a year for a local yearly matsuri/festival!

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I finally reach the small torii/sacred bird gate that stands at the entrance of any shinto shrine!

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Past the the torii I found two old stone lanterns with a moon and sun carved openings.

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The pines trees on the steep slope looked very ancient indeed!

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The shrine!
Big enough it was unfortunately completely locked up and even the coin offerings box seemed locked, too!
I might have been the first real visitor in a long time, although the wooden cover over the water stone basin was brand new!

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I haven’t seen that design before although it looks like a pointed beard!

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The Thunder Stone!
I did look all around the shrine to ascertain it was the real thing atop a kind of stone cairn!

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Truth to tell it might be a lot smaller than I was made to believe but it was very unusual!

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The stone looked natural enough to me as I didn’t see nay obvious signs of carving on it.
The color was unusual and I could find any stone of the same color!

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I entertain the notion that someone a long time ago brought it there as an offering.
The small metal torii gate was added a lot later!

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I didn’t feel disappointed at the small size of the Thunder Stone as there was plenty of interesting pictures to be taken on my way out!

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The stone lanterns were really ancient!

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The original hand washing stone basin?

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A paved way out of history!

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
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, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

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