Usually when I see a shrine, I start to think about its history. When it was built, who it was built by, the purpose it served in the past and serves in the present. I’ve seen quite a few shrines in and around Tosa-cho and I’ve become more interested in learning more about many that exist all over Japan, especially when it comes to the role they have within the everyday lives of Japanese people.
The shrine in the photo below is about 1600 years old. In the past, people went to the site to pray for a good harvest and to participate in Summer festivals.
The shrine is pretty amazing in person. Its presence is so grand. The stone steps that lead to the top are thick, covered with vegetation and are so well preserved. I was told by my colleague that nearby residents, past and present, are to be given the credit for the shrine’s preservation.
During my first two visits, much of my focus was spent on taking in the sights and sounds of the area. I plan to visit Takamine-Jinja at least two more times to see what the site looks like during the Fall and Winter. Photos and video clips will definitely be captured.