To matsuri properly, one must invest in some traditional Japanese clothing. The kiddies in this photo are wearing yukata, or summer kimono made of cotton. Small kids and boys can also wear jimbei, a short-and-top combination. I'm a big fan of jimbei—they're fantastically comfortable—but I've been told it's not becoming of a grown, child-having woman … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Heading to the Matsuri
Photo of the Day: Amanawa Jinja Matsuri
Amanawa Jinja hosts one of the last bon festivals of the summer in this area. Being one of the last doesn't mean people are too tired to celebrate, however. The place was packed, and over the next few days, I'll post festival photos. I'm starting small today, with just the shrine's lanterns.
Photo of the Day: Name Tags
At the entrance to Amanawa Jinja stands a tall board covered in wooden name tags. I'm not sure exactly what the names are, but often, the names of prominent supporters and donors are written along the sando leading to shrines and temples.
Photo of the Day: Emerald City
Amanawa Jinja, surrounded by an unbelievable amount of green. There's only one word for it: lush
Photo of the Day: Kanji Engravings
This is from a large engraved stone outside Amanawa Jinja. I don't read kanji well (there are over 2000 of them!), so I'm not sure what it says, but I sure do enjoy running my fingers over it.
Photo of the Day: Shrine on the Hill
Just up the road from Hasedera on Yuigahama Dori, off to the side and into the hills, is a small shrine by the name of Amanawa Jinja. The torii gate is plain stone, and the stairway up is so steep, you can barely see the shrine building up above from the bottom. It lacks the … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Shrine on the Hill