The side of the main rōmon gate at Iga Hachiman Shrine, with the rising sun flag in the background.
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Iga Hachiman-gu, or Iga Shrine, a shrine dedicated to the war god, Hachiman, in Okazaki Japan. Lots of cool stuff about this shrine.
is full of needles and thorns…
Yet lotus blooms
Close up flowers!
The main gate to Iga Hachimangu, one of the more famous shrines in Okazaki. A beautiful piece of architecture, built—as usual with traditional Japanese buildings—without a single nail.
My, What a big mouth you have.
I posted early today on Google+ a little bit about Iga Hachimangu, or Iga Hachiman shrine. I thought I might expand on that post a little here and collect some of the various photos I have taken of the shrine into one post.
The lotus garden wasn’t as full this year at Iga Hachimangu as it has been in years past, but as you can see it was still quite nice. These lotuses are such beautiful flowers.
This Lotus was just starting to close where I arrived, so I only got some of it. Even so, what a nice flower. This pond here is full of hundreds of them, as you can see from the blurry background.
What a fat lotus blossom, eh? You know, in religious paintings we often seen Eastern gods like Shiva meditating on top of the lotus. We often see Buddha doing the same. Almost looks like one of those guys got trapped within this one, doesn’t it?
This is the entrance to Iga Hachimangu, which I’ve posted several photos of. Go look at all of them. Pretty big torii gate, huh? Yeah, it’s a parking lot right in front of and under the torii. Some religious people may object and say it is insulting to use this entrance to a holy place as a parking lot, but it reflects a reality of modern Japan: there just isn’t very much land, so they use all the space available to pack in as much as they can.
This is the main shrine of Iga Hachimangu. The general public is blocked from accessing it by a wall, so all we can do is look. I’m not sure why it’s blocked, but actually it does seem to be relatively common for shrines to limit access to the main building. We aren’t clean enough or something.
A wide shot of Iga Hachiman Shrine here, one of the more famous shinto shrines in Okazaki.
Looking up at the lantern towards the sky. Despite it being a sunny day, the sky in this image came out extremely noisy for some reason. But rather than trash it, I decided to have some fun with it. What do you think?
In the middle of the Iga Hachimangu lotus pond, we have a traditional stone bridge. Er… how do you get to it?
Daily HDR Photo — Lotuses as Far as the Eye Can See
Today’s photo is back to Iga Hachimangu for some of the lotus blossoms growing there.
Maybe not as far as the eye can see (however many that would be) but a lot, anyway. This is a nice place that I return to again and again. Go look at some of the previous shots here and be sure to read the mystery of the moving torii.