Small temples around Aomori


In the far north of the main island Honshu is the city of Aomori which lives a peaceful, simple life – not bothered too much by tourism and business people, yet still quite vibrant and charming. It is far quieter, more rural, but somehow more real as well – a kind of backwater Japan in a good sense.

As soon as leave the city you will enter rural landscape – the rice chamber of Japan of old. Streets get very narrow and sometimes you have to really look hard to find a road at all – well, technically it is there, just so overgrown by the almost djungle around you (24°C and 90% humidity does the trick…)

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Spread throughout are small shrines and temples which are very often quite unique and all have their very own charm.

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Must have been old storage devices which were later used in a more decorative way.

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I liked that wall especially

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Like wine stacks – one tube for one image

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very welcoming. Hopefully the sign doesn’t mean you have to clean before you are allowed to enter…

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This one seems really old

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It was already quite late and dark so the light got greenish

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I love these old devotional places – they are so much more real than the stylish posh temples of Kyoto which mostly have representative characters.

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A house for the ghosts

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And the local graveyard

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More ghosts

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another shrine on the way – already very late in the evening

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And one alongside the road behind rice fields

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The entrance gates (doji) are always fascinating for me

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As are the paths to the temple with all the figurines.

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Wonderful images

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Looks like little hats

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And the dragon mask over the entrance to the inner shrine

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Kategorien:Japan, Temples, Uncategorized

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