November 8, 2009

Kumano Shrine


This is the Chozuya (手水舎) at the Kumano Shrine.

This is where they have the water you can use, to wash your hands and mouth, to purify yourself before offering a prayer at the main shrine. The water of this Chozuya comes out of the mouth of a fierce-looking dragon.

7 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

And what about the other strange (fot us) objects that look like some kind of sign? Just please excuse my ignorance...

Babzy said...

Very nice shot !

kostas said...

I like that you keep your traditions.
I have read a book,like a travel book about Japan by Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis.
She wrote this book during his trips to the east,1932-33!
A great book about your beautiful country.

gogouci said...

I love the low angle.

Kaori said...

Thanks everyone :)

Vogon Poet, are you refering to the wooden laddles? It's called a Hishaku and they are usually made of wood or bamboo to scoop the water :)

kostas, that book sounds very interesting! I'll have to look for it :)

Vogon Poet said...

@ Kaori - Thanks, it was easy to guess, but just to be sure...

White Oleander said...

The first time when I used the scoop (age 6), I put it back with water in it:p I really love these shrines...

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