This is a Shinto shrine not far from my house. In this part of the shrine, each god has a small bell with a white cloth attached. Ring the bell and the god will listen to your prayers.
Thanks for the comments on yesterday's shot. Like yesterday's, today's has a lot of contrast. I know some aren't too crazy about that, but you can probably already guess that I love it. My Nikon does a fabulous job of reducing contrast and evening out light, which is for the most part welcome. But I think that one of the remarkable aspects of Japanese architecture is its understanding and welcoming of deep shadows, and I find that I am repeatedly drawn to those shadows as a photographic subject. Where many find in deep shadows an emptiness or a blotting out of things we want to see, in traditional Japanese architecture shadows are the reverse: they are the wellspring of imagination.