Apr 4, 2015
The other shrine within the grounds
One interesting thing can be seen in the second picture. Around shrines, temples, and even private homes, the Japanese tend to remove all the vegetation so that there is just bare ground. I am not at all sure why this is, but I suspect it may have had something to do with separating buildings from the natural environment, which will overwhelm a building in just a couple of years. The empty space protects the buildings in a sense. I have no idea whether or not this is true. It is simply my working hypothesis until better information comes along.