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Dylan Gibson
Feb. 2, 2022
Was passing through Komagome the other day and stumbled across this quaint little shrine in front of the station. Apparently it was established in the Edo Period but didn't actually look like a shrine until the Meiji Period. It's also dedicated to Okuninushi who has a lot of different mythology surrounding him, but according to what I could find, he was the head of the gods on earth. There are also a lot of legends and folklore about him in the Kojiki as well it seems, the most interesting sounding one being 'The White Hare of Inaba" (因幡の白兎) where he apparently wins over a princess that his brothers wanted to married and then is subsequently killed by them with the use of a flaming boulder and he is then brought back to life by the gods after his mother goes up to heaven to ask another deity to bring him back, after which he is brought back to life as a handsome man. And that's why I like reading about Japanese mythology lol. So much interesting stuff to read about
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  • Tokyo
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Dylan Gibson
Jan. 18, 2022
Decided to donate some clothes I wasn't wearing anymore over the weekend so I decided to go to the Second Street in Minami-Senju. Managed to find some cool stuff along the way. I was walking from Minowabashi and saw this nice looking temple, apparently called Koshunin (公春院). It was a really lovely spot and I would have liked to take more photos but I had some luggage with me and also wanted to avoid taking any photos of the tombstones as I thought it might be rude. It seems the temple focus on memorial services though and looked like a nice place. The next spot I came across was just a really small shrine that seemed so randomly placed that I wanted to take a picture of it. There wasn't much space inside the shrine are so it was quite difficult to get a decent photo, but I did the best that I could and tried to take a photo from the side street next to it which was also incredibly narrow lol. The last thing I ended up finding was a statue of Matsuo Basho! I'd not been to Minami-Senju as I've never really had a reason to go there, but I saw the statue from the corner of my eye and thought "Hmm I wonder if that's Basho" and sure enough it was. It even has "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" (奥の細道) written below it. Also, apparently there is debate about which "Senju" he started at (Adachi or Arakawa), so this is one of the statues depicting the place where he started his journey! It ended up being a pretty interesting walk. I'd like to visit the area again as there was a ton of cool stuff.
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  • Arakawa City
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Justin Schultz
Dec. 22, 2021
Went to Hachioji over the weekend and had a blast exploring the area. We were able to check out the Musashi Imperial Mausoleum (Emperor Taisho and Emperor Showa's Burial Sites), eat some amazing food at a restaurant called "Gonsuke" (ごん助) and a bunch of other stuff. The Musashi Imperial Mausoleum was really amazing, it reminded me a lot of Meiji Jingu Shrine with the wide gravel paths through the forest, although I have a feeling this forest is natural and not man-made. Also the burial mounds seemed really traditional and reminded me of the burial mounds from the Kofun Period. The restaurant Gonsuke was so incredible. They had all sorts of different course menus and it was my first time trying boar meat too lol. I haven't had game meat in a long time so it was really cool getting to try it again and cook it over an irori (I think it's an irori) with actual coals. Can't wait to go back and explore the area again more. I'd love to hike up Mt. Takao and see everything else the area has to offer. Beautiful city
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  • Tokyo
  • Hachioji
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  • Showa period
  • Taisho period
  • Nature
  • wild game
Dylan Gibson
May. 28, 2021
Amazing.. This is a scene that I never get tired of seeing. It's such a scenic location already and then you have the beautiful torii gates as well. There's something about the gates at Motonosumi Inari Shrine and the ones at Fushimi Inari Shrine that look so mystical, like they're really transporting you to another world. On a side note, I've been seeing a lot of Yamaguchi Prefecture lately and I'm starting to realize that it has a bunch of cool stuff. The Akiyoshido caves and Tsunoshima Bridge, and the weather just looks fantastic. Looking forward to more sunny weather like this, so hopefully the rainy season isn't too bad. It's definitely a bit earlier than usual this year, that's for sure.
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Haya
May. 28, 2021
Nagato City, Yamaguchi Prefecture Motonosumi Inari Shrine
A red torii gate ⛩️ is rare in a place facing the sea.
I don't know if it's a power spot, but I think 😃 that all the wonderful places we go to and feel good are power spots.

I went to the photo 6 years ago, but due to the new coronavirus, I was working in the fourth wave, and I just stayed home on holidays, and when the corona calmed down, my family increased, and now I want to drive 12 hours with my family of four and travel to Yamaguchi Prefecture and Kyushu.

I pray that the corona will settle down as soon as possible.
Please save as many lives as possible.
I hope that medical professionals can return to normal as soon as possible.
  • Japan
  • Nature
  • Sightseeing
  • Travel
  • Instagrammable
  • Torii
  • Shrine
  • Yamaguchi Prefecture
  • Coast/Beach/Sea
  • Great view
Dylan Gibson
Apr. 5, 2021
Wow this is really incredible! What an amazing entrance to a temple. It's an unusual design for a torii (at least from the ones I've seen) but it really fits the image. I love the lanterns on both sides as well. They really compliment the white and pink of the cherry blossoms with their glow. It's kind of crazy how much awesome stuff I keep seeing in Nagano prefecture. I've seen tons of cool places in Akita, Saitama, Hokkaido, etc. but I still haven't gotten a chance to check out Nagano and every time I see something amazing like this I just feel like I'm missing out. It looks like this is called Iinuma Shrine although it's hard to find information about it. Looks like a cool place to visit though, I'll have to do some more digging on this!
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hiro
Apr. 4, 2021
It is the cherry blossoms of Iinuma Shrine in Iida City, Nagano Prefecture.
Splendid! It's a masterpiece!
  • Nagano Prefecture
  • Iida
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  • Cherry blossoms at night

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