Posts Tagged ‘shrine’

My first shrine visit of the year, referred to as hatsumode (初詣) in Japanese, actually involved visits to two local shrines in Toyonaka. As always, I visited Kasuga-jinja, the shrine where I’ve been making my New Year visits since moving to Japan in 2005. Kasuga-jinja is dedicated to Amaterasu, the sun goddess, among many others, […]

This last autumn — way back on October 17th — I trucked over to Sasayama to attend the annual Sasayama Autumn Festival (篠山秋祭 — sasayama aki matsuri), which is officially called the Kasuga-jinja Religious Festival (春日神社の祭礼 — kasuga-jinja no sairei) and presumably has its origins as a harvest festival. The matsuri coincides closely with the […]

Not too far down the road from Izumo-taisha the last sandy vestiges of the land sprinkle out into the Sea of Japan.  The beach here is called Inasa-no-hama and it is the site where Okuninushi (大国主), the Great Land Master, ceded control of Japan to Amaterasu and her heirs.  According to the Kojiki, the Record […]

I’ve been to Izumo-taisha (出雲大社), the “Izumo Grand Shrine,” three times but I’ve never seen the main hall, called the honden (本殿) in Japanese, which is one of the most famous buildings in Japan.  The honden at a Shinto shrine is reserved for the sole use of the god that resides there — it’s a […]

Hachidai shrine (八大神社) is right next to Shisendo, and is most famous because of it’s association with Miyamoto Musashi, one of Japan’s most famous swordsmasters. Supposedly he came here to pray before the epic battle with the Yoshioka school in which he single-handedly consigned an entire branch of the school to oblivion.  Here’s how Wikipedia […]

A few leftover photographs from around my neighborhood, taken during cherry blossom season.  All shots were taken using a Holga loaded with Fujifilm Neopan 400PN.

Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社), often called Fushimi Inari Jinja, is the headquarters for foxes and gods.  Fushimi Inari is the head shrine of Inari, the Japanese god of rice, and the footpaths that lead up into the hills behind the main shrine buildings are positively covered with persimmon-orange torii gates and the stone figures of […]