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To Worship 「お参りへ」

Posted by
GJC (Kyoto, Japan) on 26 October 2012 in Lifestyle & Culture.

Another photo from the tripod.
This is a small Shinto shrine near our apartment called Miyake Hachiman [三宅八幡]. One of its special powers is to reform badly behaved children. Thus, the shrine is sometimes called Mushi Hachiman 「虫八幡」because in olden times it was thought that a worm (mushi) was the cause of bad children. For reasons I do not know, the symbol of the shrine is a pigeon, and you can see one dutifully waiting the offering of food which is available for worshipers to purchase.
Obviously, except for the pigeon, when I took this shot the shrine was empty. This means either that the neighborhood children don't need the services of this god, or else that they are so badly behaved their parents are simply unable to get them here.

NIKON D300 1/13 second F/9.0 ISO 220 36 mm (35mm equiv.)

NIKON D300
1/13 second
F/9.0
ISO 220
36 mm (35mm equiv.)

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