Thursday, January 05, 2012

Sumiyoshi Shrine on the first day of 2012...

As custom would have it, we went for our 'hatsu mode' (literally, the first prayer of the year) on 1st January...

Sumiyoshi Jinja is a charming little shrine, located in a nearby hamlet...

A pool of water to cleanse the hands before praying...

I have always marveled at this piece of 'decoration'... 
Someone must have put this together as I have never seen such a combination (of 'daidai' orange, charcoal, dried persimmon, fern leaf) being sold at the stores...

The 'guardian lion' of the shrine, in full regalia...

And, up at the highest point of our walk, is this scene...
On 1st January 2012, the Japan Inland Sea was so very calm and peaceful...
Hopefully, this would be a good sign for things to come in the new year...