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Words-and-Pictures: Chiryu Shrine

Note: This selection of Words-and-Pictures was made on October 1, 2001, as I walked on the Old Tokaido.

Chiryu, a small town in Aichi Prefecture, is Station #39 (from Tokyo) on the Old Tokaido Highway. You can read about my visit to Chiryu in my Logbook.

This well-designed garden is the outer portion of the shrine. It boasts 60 kinds of iris, brought from the Meiji shrine in Tokyo in the late '50s.

Here's the honden (main hall) across a quaint "drum bridge."

This is a two-story pagoda, or tahoto. The design is quite different from the three- and five-story versions. Sometimes the bottom part is more domed, but this one is fairly square. It's unusual to see these at shrines, though; they're usually associated with Buddhist temples.

The only people I saw at the shrine were this guy and four of his friends struttin' around. I don't know why, but there are often roosters running free in shrines, even in the city.

Posted October 4, 2019

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