Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ida Hachiman Shrine, Itano


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The Ida Hachiman shrine is only a couple of hundred meters from the Suwa shrine and like it it seemed fairly unused.

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There was no signboard so I have no information on it other than the obvious fact that is enshrines Hachiman.

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Part of the reason I like to visit every shrine I pass is to discover the variations in the style of things like the komainu.

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Already on the first day of the pilgrimage I had become aware that the komainu in Shikoku came in a wide variety of styles.

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I also noticed this carving with a rabbit on the main building, but have no idea of its meaning or purpose.

3 comments:

  1. This komainu is unique looking like wearing armor!!

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  2. Fascinating grimace on the komainu. Could the carving (and building) have been done in the year of the rabbit, perhaps?

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  3. Hi John.... that would have been my first guess too. There are some really interesting komainu on Shikoku.....

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