Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Love Shrine

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Tucked away behind the famous Kiyomizudera Temple in the hills of Kyoto lies a small but very popular shrine, Jishu Shrine, known locally as the Love Shrine.

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Here you can buy all manner of charms and amulets to aid in finding the love of your life.

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There are also a pair of "love stones" set in the ground. If you touch one and then walk towards the second one with your eyes closed and successfully reach it you will be lucky in love.

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The main kami is Okuninushi who nowadays is known as the kami of love and relationships. There is also an Inari shrine .

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The shrine was built by Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1633.

2 comments:

  1. One of my favourite places in Kyoto :)
    But I had no courage to test "love stones" ... in case I fail :)

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  2. oh me, too, i love kyomizudera and the love shrine.

    the secret to successfully navigating the two stones is having a friend guide you with words! lol

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