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New Year shrine/temple visit 2021 pt.2

After visiting Nishinomiya shrine and Mondoyakujin, I went to Kyoto to visit the several shrines by train (Hankyu Electric Railways and Kyoto City Subway).I firstly visited Seimei shrine.Seimei shrine is a famous for its benefits of protecting against evil spirits and luck-bringing.After visit the shrine, I also visited Mikane-shrine. The shrine is a famous for bringing economic fortune luck of mo...

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New Year shrine/temple visit 2021 pt.1

I went to Nishinomiya Shrine and Mondoyakujin etc. for New year shrine/temple visit.Due to the effects of coronavirus infection occurred from last year, there were no stalls in the aisles and the use of Chozuya (place for ritual cleansing of hands and mouth with water when visiting shrine/temple) was banned.The number of worshipers was smaller than usual, and there were no crowding.As usual, I fir...

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Ichibata Electric Railway

Ichibata Electric Railway operate trains between Dentetsu Izumoishi and Izumo Taisha or Matsue.I rode their trains from Dentetsu Izumoshi to Izumo Taisha. The journey took about 20 minutes.A unique point of the railway company is that they use the trains which were previously used by the other railway companies.The attached photo is a train of Nankai Railway 3000 series, which was given to Ichibat...

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Izumo Taisha

Izumo Taisha is one of the oldest and famous shrines in Japan, alongside Ise Jingu.The area of the shrine has a very spiritual atmosphere, especially the main hall's large sacred rope is very impressive.The way of worshiping at the main hall is different from many other shrines, most of which enshrine the emperor's ancestors.The practice applied for most shrine is 2 bows, clapping your hands twice...

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Izumo Soba

"Izumo soba" is a buckwheat noodle widely eaten in Izumo area of Shimane prefecture.It's tray consists of a three-tiered stack. The soup needs to be poured directly into each tray before eating it.As you can seen from the attached photos, there are many food shops such as seafood restaurant in addition to soba shops near Izumo Taisha.If you visit Izumo Taisha, please enter the shops and enjoy the ...

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