Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Kamakura - Neighborhood Shinto Shrine

This was my fourth visit to Japan and I decided to be more 'spur of the moment' and look for smaller out of the way temples, shrines, etc. In Kamakura after viewing Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu (I use the word viewed as I didn't go all the way into this mega big shrine......I'm pretty sure every school aged child in Japan was there that day enjoying her/himself) I cut across a tour bus parking lot and adjacent to the back of the lot I discovered this neighborhood Shinto Shrine.

The shrine is painted a great shade of red and very different from the stone neighborhood shrines I've seen in Tokyo.

A well maintained shrine.

Closer view of the bell and steps.

The roof is interesting because it's wooden not metal as I've seen on other roofs constructed in this style. Notice in this photo and the first one that the shrine sits between two apartment buildings.

Stone Kitsune (fox). There are also small porcelain foxes inside the shrine in the second photo.


YTSL said...

Hi sbk --

Really like this set of photos. They're the kind that aren't touristy and, at the same time, the kind that a visitor to a place would take rather than a resident because the latter might think it too mundane to be noteworthy. In other words, the kind that seems ethnographic in nature! :)

sbk said...

Hi ytst,

Thank you, thank you and glad you enjoyed these photos. This trip I took a lot of 'local' photos as I've been to many of the major temples, etc and the museums and other places I visited didn't permit photographs.