Established in 1104, this red-lacquered shrine honors the patron of scholarship and academics, Michizane Sugawara (better ... More
Egara Tenjin Shrine
Established in 1104, this red-lacquered shrine honors the patron of scholarship and academics, Michizane Sugawara (better known by his divine name, "Tenjin"). Students visit to petition for good luck in entrance exams by writing their universities of choice on a vocative tablet (an ema). In addition to the ubiquitous torii gate, nature herself has provided a lovely gateway to the shrine--formed by a pair of nettle trees and a magnificent ancient ginkgo tree.
An oddity among the shrines of Kyoto, Shiramine has become associated with kemari, an ancient game where colorfully dressed priests
stand in a circle and keep a ball in the air soccer style. Amateur and professional ball players alike ...
The island of Itsukushima, in the Seto inland sea, has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times.
The first shrine buildings here were probably erected in the 6th century. The present shrine dates from the 13th ...
Another famed Kyoto landmark, Fushimi Inari is an eccentric and exhilarating sight. Literally thousands of bright orange torii (sacred Shinto
gates) line the hillsides creating spectacular, bright tunnels. Established in AD 711, Fushimi Inari is the headquarters of the ...