Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ichibacho Hachimangu


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Ichibacho, which means "market town", is located on the north of the Yoshino River in Tokushima. The village around the shrine is named Yawata, another way of reading Hachiman, and is an example of a place being named after the shrine.

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Its a fairly standard village Hachiman Shrine, and unfortunately there was no signboard so I have no information on its history or any of the other kami enshrined there in secondary shrines.

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There were some nice big paintings in the main hall, nicely weathered.....

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Strangest thing of all were these masks. Never seen anything like them before. None of the locals I asked had any idea what there were about....

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