Throwback... Monday, with a photo of fall colours at Kamakura-gu. Kamakura-gu has a white torii, which isn't too common, but not unheard of. Most torii in the area are either unpainted or red. The white is a nice change, and let's the fall colours really shine.
Five-yen coins hang off scarlet string and drape over a boulder at Kuzuharaoka Shrine. Kuzuharaoka Shrine, with its deep reds, heart-shaped prayer tablets, and coins on string, is striking at first sight. Quite far off the road and along a hiking path, it's also tremendously peaceful.
A red-bibbed guardian dog framed by a stone lantern at Zeniarai Benten. There's so much more to this shrine than just money washing. First of all, it has one of the most amazing entrances—a tunnel carved out of the hillside. Once through the stone tunnel, visitors walk through yet another tunnel, this time made of … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Through the Lantern Hole
Paper cranes have special power in Japan, something people the world over are familiar with from having heard the story of Sadako, the little girl who died of cancer due to exposure to radiation from the bombing of Hiroshma. She aimed to fold 1000 paper cranes so that her wish to live would come true. … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Crane Collection
Continuing on from yesterday's post about Kuzuharaoka Shrine, here's a shot of the heart-shaped prayer/wish tablets. As I wrote before, I've never seen anything like them.
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
Omikuji (fortunes) left at a temple (or shrine—I can't quite remember where this is). I've only ever bought one omikuji, and it was a pretty good one. Not all are good, though—some predict pretty rough patches ahead.
A row of red torii gates frame the path leading to Sasuke Inari Shrine. Today's photo is a bit of a cheat, as it's one from our Facebook page. Covered in fox figurines (Inari is a god who takes the form of a fox), nestled on the side of a hill, and with red torii … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Through the Torii Gates