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Words-and-Pictures: Chiryu Shrine

(as seen on October 1st, 2001, on the Old Tokaido stage of the Aki Meguri)

Note: Chiryu, a small town in Aichi Prefecture, is Station #39 (from Tokyo) on the Old Tokaido Highway.  You can read about my visit to Chiryu in my Logbook.  You may also choose to start reading about my Tokaido journey at the beginning, or start at the top of my Aki Meguri pages.


This well-designed garden is the outer portion of the shrine.  It boasts 60 kinds of iris, brought from the Meiji shrine in Tokyo in the late '50s.
Here's the honden (main hall) across a quaint "drum bridge."

This is a two-story pagoda, or tahoto.  The design is quite different from the three- and five-story versions.  Sometimes the bottom part is more domed, but this one is fairly square.  It's unusual to see these at shrines, though; they're usually associated with Buddhist temples.
The only people I saw at the shrine were this guy and four of his friends struttin' around.  I don't know why, but there are often roosters running free in shrines, even in the city.


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