Saturday, July 24, 2010
I first came across this abandoned shrine on a walk around Nagahama about 7 years ago. 25 year old maps still showed a shrine here, so it must ahve been abandoned in the intervening years.
The torii had been dismantled, but 2 fine examples of local ceramic Komainu still remained on guard.
In the shrine building itself little remained but the tatami.
The only religious objects remaining were a couple of gohei. The shintai, the object in the honden into which the kami descends, will have been transferred to a nearby shrine. This in essence de-consecrates the site.
Ive been unable to find out the name of the shrine or why it was abandoned. Unfortunately I dont know any priests in the Hamada area.
The other building at the site was filled with all kinds of junk