Lotus Blossoms at the War Shrine

Today’s photo is from Iga Hachiman Shrine, the lotus pond and the main shrine itself.

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I have an opposite view of this pond, looking towards the entrance torii gate here.

I have lots of info about Iga Shrine in that post too,. You should go read it. But just to briefly recap, this shrine is dedicated to Hachiman, the god of war. In Ieyasu’s time, the army would always come here before major battles to pray for victory. Ieyasu had a pretty sly trick to make the army always think their prayers were answered: He would hire ninja to move the entrance torii gate during the night, which his men took as a signal that Hachiman was giving them victory in their coming battle.

Learn Japanese With Kid’s Songs

I wrote a guest post for Tofugu about how to use kid’s songs to help with your Japanese learning. If you are interested in learning the language, better go read it.

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