Monday, March 31, 2014

Stopping by at Osugi Jinja

Osugi Jinja is a Shinto shrine in Inashiki city, Ibaraki Prefecture. We had visited this shrine when we lived in Iwaki. It was not a planned visit, we had chanced upon the shrine on one of our driving trips.
The shrine, also known as "Anba-sama" is the head shrine of all Osugi Shrines in the Kanto and Tohoku regions. The name Osugi comes from the large cedar tree that stands in the shrine complex. The tree is worshipped as a manifestation of the deity.
The shrine is said to date back to 767 AD. 
The current shrine complex appears to have been renovated recently.  The shrine buildings are impressive and reminds one of the bright coloured shrines of Toshogu Shrine and Taiyu-in Byo of Nikko or the Kunozan Toshogu shrine in Shizuoka, albeit small in scale. 

The shrine's wooden buildings are adorned with brightly painted carvings and motifs.

Some huge statues also stand in the shrine complex. 

Stone lanterns donated by believers 
Stone lanterns on either side of the staircase line the path leading to the shrine.

The shrine has been revered by people since the Edo period for prevention of small pox. The deity is also said to protect people who use waterways. The shrine is also popular among people who bet on horse races ! Maybe that's why the temple's Ema (votive) also features a horseshoe. 

Address: Ibaraki Prefecture 300-621, Inashiki, Awa 958

Phone: 029-894-2613

Website :

Kindergarten Buses in Japan

A touch of creativity can make even the simplest of things look like a piece of art. Japan is a country which gives great importance to art and creativity. I wrote about the artistic manhole covers in my previous 3 posts. Creativity and art can be seen in almost anything and everything in this amazing country. This time, I am sharing a few pictures of cute buses that ply children between home and kindergarten. On a few occasions, I have seen the little 3 or 4 year old kids jump with joy when they see the bus coming to pick them from their doorstep ! Who wouldn't want to go to school in one of these ?

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Art of Manhole Covers in Japan - Part 3

Following up my 2 previous posts on manhole covers in Japan with more pictures..

1. Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture
 2. Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture
 3. Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
 4. Magomejuku, Nagano Prefecture
 5. Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
 6.Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
 7. Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture
 8. Ise, Mie Prefecture
 9. Minami Aizu, Fukushima Prefecture
 10. Mino, Gifu Prefecture
 11. Mino, Gifu Prefecture
 12. Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture
 13. Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
 13. Nagano, Nagano Prefecture
 14. Nagasaki , Nagasaki Prefecture   
 15. Nagasaki, Nagasaki Prefecture
 16. Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
 17. Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
 18. Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
 19. Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
 20. Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture
 21. Nara, Nara Prefecture
 22. Naruko, Miyagi Prefecture
 23. Nara, Nara Prefecture
 24. Nisshin-Iwasaki, Aichi Prefecture
 25. Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture
 26. Ofuna, Kanagawa Prefecture
 27. Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture
 28. Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture
 29. Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture
 30. Shirakawa, Fukushima Prefecture
 31. Shirakawa, Fukushima Prefecture
 32. Shirakawa go, Gifu Prefecture
 33. Shizuoka city, Shizuoka Prefecture
 34. Lake Shoji, Yamanashi Prefecture
 35. Suwa, Nagano Prefecture

 36. Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture
 37. Tokyo Metropolitan Area
 38. Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture
 39. Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture
 40. Ueno, Tokyo Metropolitan Area
 41. Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture
 41. Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
 42. Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

For previous posts check here :
1. The Art of Manhole Covers in Japan- Part 1
2. The Art of Manhole Covers in Japan- Part 2