Thursday, January 24, 2013

Fall Colors at Usa Hachimangu


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Hachimangu shrines are the most common type of shrine found throughout Japan, and the Hachimangu in Usa, Oita Prefecture, is the original and head shrine and therefore receives many visitors.

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Most visitors though seem to walk through the grounds and head straight to the main buildings on top of the hill and bypass the extensive park-like grounds....

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I was starting a 5 day walk across the Kunisaki peninsular and as I had been here before I was not interested in visiting the main shrine again, in fact my purpose was to visit a couple of smaller shrines on the hill to the SE which were the original hachiman shrines.

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But before I took a quick walk around the lotus pond hunting fall colors....

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It was early in the morning and a little drizzly, so the light was very muted and diffuse

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