March 4: a birthday walk
March 4th was my birthday, and a completely perfect spring day for a walk. I decided to walk to two local shrines – Toyonaka Inari-jinja and Harada-jinja – mostly on a route that I had never taken before.
The first part of my walk was quite familiar and took me past the building that I always think of as Dr. Strange’s secret Toyonaka headquarters, and down a street that features one of my favorite older style Japanese houses. At Toyonaka Inari-jinja I met a friendly stone komainu (狛犬), who barked a birthday greeting at me.
On the way to Okamachi, where Harada-jinja is located, I stumbled across a sign advertising what clearly must be a tanuki hospital. Arriving at Harada-shrine I looked up into the beautiful canopy of leaves formed by the small bower of camphor trees that abuts the main shrine building. And then I looked down to find a magnificent utility cover featuring a fireman from the local department looking like nothing so much as an incombustible samurai.
Up the street from the shrine is a local park featuring a wonderful blue concrete elephant slide, with a mural on the nearby fence that depicts flower children and fairies. And then back home, through the maze of de Chirico water tower landscapes that somehow defines Japanese suburbia for me.
(All photos taken with an Asus ZenFone 3, Instagram filters in full effect.)
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