Mar 22, 2014

At Ten Jinja

 Ten Jinja means heaven shrine, using only a single character for ten, or heaven. I was standing on the sidewalk when I took this picture. The staircase and the torii all look new.
 At the top of the stairs I found a small building, protected by lions on each side of the top of the stairs.
When I reached the small flat open area in front of the building, I found the ashes of a large bonfire. This is probably where people brought all the amulets and objects from their home shrines to be burned. These objects are thought to absorb all the bad luck and negativity that might have occurred during the previous year. They are burned to ensure that the bad luck does not return and actualize in the coming year.

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