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Posts tagged Temizuya (手水舎)


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temizuya (手水舎)

My random, desktop image of the day comes from four summers ago in Fukuoka, Japan.


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Chozuya (also called temizuya is a wash basin commonly found in Japan at Shinto shrines) on Koyasan

Temizuya (手水舎) @ Kushida-jinja (櫛田神社)

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Temizuya and vending machines (jidohanbaiki) @ Fukuoka Shinto shrine

Little Japanese Girl

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Japanese girl in kimono at shrine – 1950s – Kokura (Kitakyushu), Japan

Another photo today from my father’s collection of slides… If this beautiful, little girl is still alive today (2013) she is about 62-years old.

Shirakawahachiman Shrine (白川八幡神社)

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Wash basin at Shirakaw Hachiman Jinja – Ogimachi, Japan

Today’s photo is from the loveliest town on the planet, Shirakawago’s Ogimachi. The stickers over the wash basin (temizubachi or 手水鉢) are known as senja fuda (千社札).

Swastika water

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As I’ve mentioned previously, the swastika was commonplace before the Nazis. Now you don’t see it much, except in Japan where it is still usual to see the swastika represent a Buddhist temple on a map or in religious architecture like at this Shinto shrine. Today’s photo is from Nezu Jinja (根津神社) in Tokyo. I’m not sure when this particular temizu basin was created, but this Shinto shrine has been in existence for over 300 years.

Notice the senja fuda (千社札) or stickers on the posts of the covering over the temizubachi (手水鉢). These name stickers were much more common in the Edo Period than they are now, but you still see them. Shrine visitors paste or stick senjafuda on the temple gate or shrine buildings to prove that they visited that temple or shrine and to obtain good luck or good fortune.