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February 20 2013

A Shrine for Romance - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Yasaka Shrine, Gion, Kyoto

One of the most unusual Japanese customs is the cult of enmusubi 「縁結び」: en means “destiny” and musubi means “to tie together", so enmusubi can be loosely translated as… “matchmaking".

I found such shrines in Kyoto, one of them right next to the Kiyomizu-dera (the Jishu Shrine) and another inside the Yasaka Shrine. Dedicated to Okuninushi-no-Mikoto, the kami of love, marriage and matchmaking, these shrines can be recognized easily, because the statue of the kami with the “Hare of Inaba” are placed on the right of the torii.

Many young people are coming here, alone ar in couples, to pray, to buy some good luck charms or only just to take a picture…

December 23 2012

lucky star shrine - meanwhile in japan
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October 08 2012

Itsukushima Shrine Taka-Butai - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Taka-Butai (High Stage), Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima

The first shrine on the Miyajima Island was built in 593, but the building was smaller than the one we know today. The shrine was rebuilt at the end of the Heian period, during the reign of Taira no Kiyomori, the leader of the Heike clan and immediately became an important place of worship. Since the Emperor and the Imperial Court were also coming to pray at the Itsukushima Shrine, during the same period Bugaku, the Japanese court dance, started to be performed on a temporary stage. Later, during the Edo period, in front of the shrine was built the high stage photographed here: called taka-butai, this kind of Japanese traditional stage is always square-shaped, with two stairs.

August 22 2012

The Shrine over the Sea - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima

Because the Miyajima Island is a sacred land, over 800 years ago, when the Itsukushima Shrine was built, people where not allowed to set foot on the island, so the shrine was built on wooden pillars, like a pier. Thus, the visitors were coming to the shrine by sea, passing by boat through the magnificent Otorii (the same way I did) and entering the shrine without touching the island’s ground.

Obviously, in time the wooden pillars needed to be replaced, but the shrine was always rebuilt, identical in every respect, so today we can enjoy the same amazing landscape as in the old times…

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August 13 2012

Five Storied Pagoda from Toshogu Shrine - via A Japan Photo per Day -

Five Storied Pagoda, Toshogu Shrine, Nikko

One of the best known pagodas from Japan is the five-storied pagoda located at the entrance of the Tōshōgū Shrine from Nikkō. The shrine was established in 1617 and the pagoda was built 33 years later as a donation of Tadakatsu Sakai, the governor of the city Obama (Fukui prefecture). However, the first pagoda burned in 1815 and the one we see today was rebuilt in 1818 by one of Tadakatsu Sakai’s descendants.

With a height of 36 meters, the pagoda has no floors inside, having a pillar suspended from the 4th floor to 10 centimeters above the ground, an original anti-earthquake technique.

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June 16 2012

The Treasure from Hie Shrine -  via A Japan Photo per Day -

Roumon Gate, Hie Jinja, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Traveling through Japan, you will certainly encounter the National Treasure (国宝 kokuhō) designation for Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, castles or even residences.

The list of the National Treasures of Japan was started in 1968, when the Agency for Cultural Affairs was established to protect the Japanese cultural heritage. Besides constructions, the list also includes thousands of art objects , archaeological or historical artifacts and even certain crafts. The list includes today a number of 110 Japanese swords, made throughout the entire history of Japan.

One of these swords, a tachi dating from the Kamakura period, made by Norimune, a famous swordsmith, is located at the Hie Shrine (in the photo). Tachi is a type of traditional Japanese swords used before the development of the famous katana. A little longer than katana (the tachi from Hie Shrine is 78.4 centimeters long), the tachi was worn suspended, with the cutting edge pointing down, unlike the katana which was worn at the belt, with the cutting edge up.

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