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More Japan Photos

November 19th, 2005 (08:15 pm)

Some more photos from the trip. I tried to refrain from too much overlap between the digi shots and the SLR. ^_^ Enjoy!

Shrine in Niigata. (Sorry don't remember the name; I seem to have that problem a lot). :P ^^;;

Mode of transport About the only photo I shot inside Okayama Castle. :P

Izumo Taisha The old part of the shrine where you can only try to see but can't enter.

Izumo Taisha Apparently if you pay for certain services, then you can enter this area (or certain tour groups as well from what I saw). There are some interesting little tidbits about Izumo Taisha like how when one prays at a shrine etc., one prays directly to the kami inside but in one of the shrines they face a different direction from the actual front of the shrine so some people pray to the side of one shrine. ^^; Otherwise, Izumo Taisha is considered the second most important shrine in Japan after Ise Jingu. I'm not sure who is allowed into Ise shrine itself (everything was gated off), but traditionally it's supposed to be built every X number of years (can't remember the number 25? 40? something else??) so even though the buildings themselves aren't so old, the style of construction is.

Inside the tumuli This is a shot inside the tumulus from the gate. It was completely dark inside so it was a "blind shot". :P

Fountain to purify oneself before entering Kamosu shrine

Top of the castle at Matsue-jo. I like looking up into the rafters in castles as often there's a fuda or a shrine or something for protection.

Castle interior photo. Not a great shot, but you can see where they either drop things or shoot arrows from and the wooden beams and construction itself. Most original castles I've been in are much the same, very open but low structures with massive beams. (I want to go to Europe and see some European castles...) *_*

Tanuki! ^___^

Tanuki at the station What was this village called?!? >_<;;

Moss at one temple's garden in Arashiyama

Uji River Shot from the bridge. ^^;

Sumiyoshi Taisha Bridge shot. There's another stone bridge that is also a half circle in shape that you can walk over to the actual shrine. Good thing they have planks down otherwise, it'd be hard to walk across. >_<

Wedding The wedding I mentioned running across. Not too many have the groom in traditional wear anymore. ^___^

The two miko(?) from the wedding. :P


Sumiyoshi Taisha Another shrine building...

Shrine interior Lots of places don't allow photos of the inside of shrines and temples but there was nothing written in this one. ^^;;

Now back to Ch 118 again. :P


Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: November 20th, 2005 04:31 am (UTC)

I love the silly hats on the miko-- were those sakaki branches and/or little bells on their heads? Any idea what their hair was doing in back?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 21st, 2005 03:46 am (UTC)

I'm not sure since I wasn't paying too much attention. I think I noticed more after seeing the photo. :P As for their hair, unfortunately, I never got to see what it looked like in back. They stood in that place the entire time until I went further into the shrine grounds. -_-

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: November 20th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)

Next time you go, I'm gonna smuggle myself in your luggage...

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 21st, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)

*laughs* You're welcome to do so. :P

Posted by: beamspam mcmuppet (snapdragon76)
Posted at: November 21st, 2005 12:17 pm (UTC)
Haru --smile (flamika)

I'll poke a few airholes and bring along some Pocky to snack on.

Posted by: » Lina (linachu)
Posted at: November 20th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)

*Waves!* Hiya. Thank you for adding me back. <3 ^_^

.....ohmygod those pictures are beautiful. o__O! I particularly love the wedding picture, the outfits are gorgeous. Looks like you enjoyed yourself.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 21st, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)


I love it when little unexpecteds like the wedding happen. :) I think I've run into one other wedding in the various times I've been to shrines.

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