The shrine on Enoshima just keeps going and going and going. Up the hill, around a corner, up again, another corner... It covers quite a bit of territory, mostly going up.
More lanterns from Enoshima, this time zigzagging up a hill at the start of the shrine's sando. Shrines and temples in Japan are getting ready for hatsumode, the first shrine/temple visit of the year. Lanterns are glowing all over the place.
While in Enoshima the other night to see the illuminations, I snapped a few pics of the shrine. It's beautiful and sprawling, and full of red lanterns, which I love.
This is a close-up of a photo I posted a few weeks ago. The other photo focused on Oinari-san, the fox. I hope what catches your eye in this photo is the small, round mirror in the back. That little mirror is the kami-sama, or god(dess).
Oinari-sama and a Friend
Caught this giant mosquito-like creature (can never remember the name...) resting on Oinari-sama at Yakumo Jinja in the fall.
Small fox figurines are a dime a dozen in Kamakura, thanks to Yoritomo Minamoto's dedication to Oinari san, a god who takes on the appearance of a fox (more on that another day). These little foxes live at Yakumo Shrine.
Photo of the Day: Unknown Shrine
This little shrine was without English-language plaque, so I'm not sure what it's called, but it was out the west side of Kamakura Station and had two rather fabulous trees.
Photo of the Day: Hachiman Gardens
Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu is famous for its lotus flowers. It has two huge ponds overflowing with them. Sadly, they bloom at the hottest time of year—and the busiest—so we didn't make it out to see them. Last week, the weather finally cooled down and we headed out to see what we could see. Not too many … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Hachiman Gardens
Photo of the Day: Grey Shrine for a Grey Day
Well, today was supposed to be Kamakura's big fireworks show, but alas, Typhoon #12, while not overhead, is wreaking havoc with the bay and it has been cancelled. So, for this sad, grey day, a somewhat sad, grey shrine.
Photo of the Day: Lonely Shrine
There is a small shrine down the road from us that gets very few visitors. It's a branch of another shrine in town, so it's not completely neglected, but it does feel rather abandoned.