Oharano-jinja

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(Wikipedia.  Chiefl-lira. 20/11/2010

3rd gate of Oharano-jinja)

 

Now I am ready to tackle the Middle 7 Shrines.  Here goes!

 

Amid Maple trees,

Kanmu ran to save his life.

His thoughts were renewed

and a future was assured

for Heian-kyo and Japan.

 

 

Kasuga-taisha

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Photo: 663highland, 12th July,2008; Wikipedia.

Nara Prefecture)

 

May stone lanterns

light the way through the deer park

to the sacred hill –

home of messengers and a

sanctuary for kami.*

 

  • spirits

*******   First level over- phew!   Next level very soon!

Fushimi Inari-taisha

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(Wikipedia; author Paul Vlaar, July, 2004.

Uploaded by Neep)

 

Thousands of torii*

line the path to the rice god

and sacred foxes

carry keys in their own mouths:

granaries can be unlocked.

 

  • traditional gate de-marcating the transition from profane to sacred