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Passage to a passage

Doorway with a view leading to another doorway with a view

More from Shimogamo Jinja



It’s been almost three years since this happened. Low tide on a rainy day during rainy season…



Miyajima’s Itsukushima Shrine with Senjokaku’s pagoda in the background

Yasukuni Hatsumode

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Year of the Tiger (2010)

Hatsumode (初詣) is the first shrine visit of the New Year in Japan. Today’s photo comes from January of 2010 when it was the Year of the Tiger. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey.


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Hachiman Jinja (Tokyo, Japan)

Prepping for the Tenso Jinja Bon Odori

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Tenso Jinja (Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan)

After a 20-year gap in living in Japan, we went back to live in Tokyo for a year beginning in 2009. On our first night we headed to a Bon Odori at Tenso Jinja. That was a magical night for me.

Flash forward to 2013, and I hadn’t been to Japan for over three years. I wandered into my old neighborhood to find my local shrine getting ready for its annual Bon Odori. The vibe was bittersweet as I waxed nostalgic but also realized I would be heading back to the USA before the actual event took place the following week.

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