A long line waits at shrine to give an offering at festival


Omiya Hachiman shrine is near where my husband grew up in Suginami ward. It’s also next to a beautiful green corridor that follows the Zenpukuji river.  I love the elegant building, and all the decorations including the purple cloth with Edo crests, the red and white stripes, the rope and lightning bolts, and the big lanterns.

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  1. I have noticed when I watch films or dramas from Japan that so many shrines are set in just the loveliest green locations, even some urban ones feel like you stepped into a woody place. I wish my church(es) had as lovely a setting as some of those shrines, where it just invites you to contemplate the natural and unspoiled, meditate, pray, just relax. Anyway, always enjoy seeing the photos of green-in-urban-ways, even if I’m not always commenting. Your love of plants and trees and green things so reminds me of my mom, who had an uber-green-thumb, which I sadly did not inherit. Later…

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