Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Though technically Hatsumode refers to the first shrine visit of the year, and of course there can only be one first, many people, myself included, take the opportunity to visit more than one.
The first place we went in Kyoto was Yoshida Shrine where there were no lines of people.
There are quite a few sub-shrines scattered around the hillside, all with offerings laid out in front of the honden.
Omota Sha is a shrine I have been wanting to visit for a long time, but is usually closed, it only opens a few days a year. It features a unique octagonal building.
Omoto Sha also features shrines for all of the provinces of Japan.
The sunny day caused the snow on the roofs to constantly melt and drip.
Nearby is Munetada Shrine, again not so many visitors.
Here we were given Omiki.