Saturday, March 13, 2010

生田神社 Ikuta Jinja #2

Acording to the Nihon Shoki (the second oldest book of classical Japanese history) Ikuta was founded by the Empress Jingū at the beginning of the 3rd century CE to enshrine the Kami Wakahirume. Although this is not the shrines original location it has resided here for at least 1200 years weathering all manner of natural disaster. The road to the shrine leads directly to the sea, thus the shrine functions in part for seafarers and their prayers for safe travel and bountiful sea based harvests. Its location also lends to its alternate function, popular with young people, as a love shrine. This is the unpainted torii that demarcates the Sandō or the approach to the shrine.

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