Cultural, Japan, Otawara & Nasu (local area), Temples & Shrines

Mishima Shrine

Mishima Shrine is a small shrine north of the Nishinasuno area.  I have been there before, but a while back. It looked pretty today with the lush green of summer, so I stopped by to take some photos.

While I was there a couple of people came and opened it, and so I got a personal tour.  The history and explanations of the items inside.  It was really lovely, despite the obvious language barriers (it drives me crazy that I cannot grasp Japanese, no matter how many times I try it just doesn’t stay in my brain!).  The man (maybe priest ? I don’t know) showed me lots and his young offsider, did a great job with the English.  I got instruction on the purification ritual on entering a shrine, using Taiko drums and offering Tamagushi and even got to try the Taiko (drums).

The shrines founder (I’m not sure if that is the right word) was a Samurai called Masahi Mishima (1835-1888) so I am guessing that is about its age.  There are pictures of him and other important people on the walls inside.

Another lovely Japanese moment, that I will treasure because of the inherent kindness of the local people and I now know a lot more about Shinto shrines than I did before.

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