Ama no Iwafune and the haiden
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Iwafune Shrine

The Shrine of a Huge “Rock Boat” Iwafune Shrine is a unique Shinto shrine in Osaka. The object of worship is a giant rock called Ama no Iwafune. “Ama” means “heaven” and “Iwafune” means “a […]

the back entrance
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Sannomiya Shrine

A Clever Hawk Hides Its Talons The downtown area of Kobe City, Sannomiya takes its name from Sannomiya Shrine. Sannomiya is located in a district of Chuo-ku (‘Central Ward’ in English) in Kobe City. There […]

Sanko-mon Gate
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Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

This Is Kitano Tenmangu Shrine There are many old Shinto shrines in Kyoto, and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is one of them. Built in 947, it is the first Shinto shrine that enshrines an actual person […]

Twin Dragons
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Kennin-ji Temple

Buildings of the Temple and Eisai I went to Kennin-ji Temple. As I strolled in the temple, I saw many excellent buildings. I thought the honbo was very beautiful. Honbo is a place where priests […]