JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Izumo 出雲市
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About the Izumo no Okuni dancer. Quite a mysterious historical figure.Feb 08, 2018
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Statue of Izumo no Okuni dancer near the first Otorii gate.Feb 08, 2018
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Iwami kagura dance masksFeb 08, 2018
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Iwami kagura dance masksFeb 08, 2018
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Iwami kagura dance costumesFeb 08, 2018
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Haniwa figuresFeb 08, 2018
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Closeup of bronze bell design.Feb 08, 2018
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Dotaku bronze bells that are all National Treasures in Shimane.Feb 08, 2018
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Other museum exhibits included many different ancient artifacts like dotaku bronze bells that are all National Treasures.Feb 08, 2018
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PotteryFeb 08, 2018
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BoatFeb 08, 2018
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Old tsuzumi shoulder drum and koto.Feb 08, 2018
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Pottery kilnFeb 08, 2018
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Models of the different shrine building architencture in Japan.Feb 08, 2018
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Rear view of the shrine scale models.Feb 08, 2018
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Rear view of the shrine scale models.Feb 08, 2018
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These two models are similar to the large model.Feb 08, 2018
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The five models look quite different although they are in agreement on some things like the number of pillars supporting the Honden. Feb 08, 2018
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It is unknown exactly what Izumo Taisha's Honden Hall looked like during the 13th century Kamakura Period. Based on the evidence they could find, five researchers built their own scale models of what they thought the Honden Hall looked like.Feb 08, 2018
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Very impressive model of the shrine.Feb 08, 2018
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High wooden pillars supporting the Honden Hall so that it is closer to the gods.Feb 08, 2018
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Wonder how resistant this was to typhoons and earthquakes.Feb 08, 2018
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Little priests going up the many stairs.Feb 08, 2018
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The elevated shrine supposed to make it closer to gods.Feb 08, 2018
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People believe that the original shrine was on high pillars accessible by this long, sloping wooden steps. Really awesome.Feb 08, 2018
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The museum's centerpiece exhibit is this scale model of Izumo Taisha's Honden Hall from the 10th-century Heian Period. Feb 08, 2018
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Remains of the giant pillars of the ancient Izumo Taisha.Feb 08, 2018
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Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018.Feb 08, 2018
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New Year's kadomatsu at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. Feb 08, 2018
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Within the shrine grounds is the very impressive Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. (島根県立古代出雲歴史博物館)Feb 08, 2018
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Lawn outside Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. Feb 08, 2018
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Shimane's official tourism mascot named "Shimanekko," a yellow cat with a shrine roof cap. しまねっこFeb 08, 2018
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Souvenir shop selling all kinds of Izumo Taisha goods.Feb 08, 2018
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Souvenir shop selling all kinds of Izumo Taisha goods.Feb 08, 2018
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Souvenir shop selling all kinds of Izumo Taisha goods.Feb 08, 2018
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Local manga figure based on the Izumo no Okuni dancer. She was from Izumo and originated kabuki in the early 17th century. 出雲阿国Feb 08, 2018
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New Year'sFeb 08, 2018
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Kaguraden entrance areaFeb 08, 2018
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Small dishes for a sip of sake if you give a small donation. They also had this in front of the Honden. Feb 08, 2018
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Small pond next to the Kaguraden.Feb 08, 2018
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Izumo Taisha's Kaguraden.Feb 08, 2018
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Izumo Taisha's Kaguraden.Feb 08, 2018
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Entrance to Izumo Taisha's Kaguraden.Feb 08, 2018
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Under the giant shimenawa straw rope.Feb 08, 2018
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Rear side of the giant shimenawa straw rope.Feb 08, 2018
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Closeup of the giant shimenawa straw rope.Feb 08, 2018
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Giant shimenawa straw rope of Izumo Taisha Shrine's Kaguraden, the largest sacred rope in Japan. Weighs 5 tons.Feb 08, 2018
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Kaguraden Hall (for sacred dances) is famous for its gigantic straw rope. It looked pretty faded and I was told that it will be replaced in 2018. They replace it once every 7 years or so.Feb 08, 2018
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Kaguraden Sacred Dance Hall Feb 08, 2018
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Way to the Kaguraden Sacred Dance Hall.Feb 08, 2018
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West Jukusha Shrines where visiting gods lodge during the Kami-ari-zuki festival. There's also a twin building on the east side. 十九社 八百萬神Feb 08, 2018
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Near the gate to the Honden are souvenir tents during New Year's.Feb 08, 2018
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New shrine office under construction.Feb 08, 2018
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Lots of construction going on in jan. 2018.Feb 08, 2018
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Izumo Taisha ema prayer tablet for a good marriage.Feb 08, 2018
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Izumo Taisha ema prayer tablet for the Year of the Dog.Feb 08, 2018
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Izumo Taisha ema prayer tablets.Feb 08, 2018
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Izumo Taisha has many smaller shrines surrounding it. Feb 08, 2018
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East Jukusha Shrines where the millions of visiting gods lodge during the Kami-ari-zuki festival in autumn. There's also a twin building on the west side. 十九社 八百萬神Feb 08, 2018
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Taisha-zukuri architecture.Feb 08, 2018
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Shrine priests praying in front of the Honden on New Year's Day 2018.Feb 08, 2018
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Izumo Taisha's Honden, a National Treasure. The V-shaped roof ornaments (chigi), an unmistakable trademark of Shinto, also look slightly different from other shrine architectural styles.Feb 08, 2018
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Rear side view of the Amasaki-no-Yashiro, Mimukai-no-Yashiro, and Honden shrines. 東端垣から天前社・御向社・本殿を望むFeb 08, 2018
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About the shrine library. Mito Komon once donated books to this library.Feb 08, 2018
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Shrine library built in 1667 and moved here in 1914. 文庫Feb 08, 2018
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Soga Shrine, a smaller shrine behind the Honden. 素鵞(そが)社本殿Feb 08, 2018
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Soga Shrine, a smaller shrine behind the Honden. 素鵞(そが)社本殿Feb 08, 2018
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Back of Izumo Taisha's Honden in the Taisha-zukuri style. National Treasure. 本殿Feb 08, 2018
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Back of Izumo Taisha's Honden in the Taisha-zukuri style. National Treasure. 本殿Feb 08, 2018
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Shokokan, a museum of dolls. Tangible Cultural Property of Japan. 彰古館Feb 08, 2018
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Izumo Taisha's Honden built in the Taisha-zukuri style as seen from the left corner. National Treasure. 本殿Feb 08, 2018
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Fence surrounding the Honden.Feb 08, 2018
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Smaller shrine. 氏社Feb 08, 2018
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Photo of the Izumo Taisha Honden. Built in the Taisha-zukuri style. National Treasure. 本殿Feb 08, 2018
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Honden (largest and tallest structure) flanked on both sides by smaller shrines.Feb 08, 2018
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The Honden is flanked on both sides by smaller shrines.Feb 08, 2018
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The large roof of the Honden Hall (god's residence) can be seen in the center.Feb 08, 2018
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You can walk completely around the main shrine buildings outside the fence at Izumo Taisha.Feb 08, 2018
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Omikuji charms.Feb 08, 2018
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Carvings on the Gate to the Izumo Taisha Honden. Feb 08, 2018
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Gate to the Izumo Taisha Honden. Photography was not permitted beyond this gate. It was just a small deck with an offertory box in front of the Honden's Romon Gate. They also sold small dishes of sake.Feb 08, 2018
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Emblem on the gate.Feb 08, 2018
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Gate to the Izumo Taisha Honden, the god's residence.Feb 08, 2018
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Barrels of sake decorating the perimeter near the gate to the Honden.Feb 08, 2018
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Gate to the Honden, the god's residence.Feb 08, 2018
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Back of Haiden.Feb 08, 2018
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Izumo Taisha's Haiden worship hall's shimenawa sacred rope.Feb 08, 2018
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Izumo Taisha's Haiden worship hall.Feb 08, 2018
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Map of Izumo Taisha's central buildings centering on the Honden.Feb 08, 2018
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Map of Izumo Taisha Shrine. Not as huge as Ise Jingu, but large enough.Feb 08, 2018
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Izumo Taisha's Haiden worship hall where you can hold prayers and other ceremonies like in a church. Rebuilt in 1959 after the previous one was lost in a fire in 1953. 拝殿Feb 08, 2018
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Third torii made of copper and the Haiden. 碧銅の鳥居と拝殿Feb 08, 2018
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Water basin 手水舎 I got there at around 8:30 am and it wasn't so crowded. Of course, there were people, but there was no problem walking to the shrine. No stopping like at other famous shrines like Ise Jingu and Meiji Shrine on New Year's Day. Izumo Taisha was sparse in comparison.Feb 08, 2018
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Water basin 手水舎Feb 08, 2018
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Approaching the third torii.Feb 08, 2018
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The Sando path to the shrine is actually in the center toward the left of the photo. But they have blocked off the center path to protect the roots of the pine trees. Now thay have made concrete sidewalks outside the center path.Feb 08, 2018
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Second torii looking toward the exit.Feb 08, 2018
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This center path is reserved for the gods visiting Izumo Taisha. Humans have to walk on the side paths to the shrine. 参道Feb 08, 2018
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Sando path to the shrine. 参道Feb 08, 2018
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Sign says we are not to walk along center path in order to protect the roots of the pine trees. I'm also told that this center path is reserved for the gods visiting the shrine..Feb 08, 2018
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Sando path to the shrine. 参道Feb 08, 2018
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Lots of people took selfies here in front of the torii and big stone pillar engraved with "IZUMO TAISHA." For Instagram of course.Feb 08, 2018
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Lots of people took selfies here in front of the torii and "IZUMO TAISHA." For Instagram of course.Feb 08, 2018
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This is the second and most popular torii at Izumo Taisha. With the big stone pillar engraved with "IZUMO TAISHA."Feb 08, 2018
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On New Year's Day 2018, many people visit Izumo Taisha Shrine by car. Lots of parking was provided, but I always saw the "Full" sign.Feb 08, 2018
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Izumo, Shimane manhole. Shows Hinomisaki lighthouse.Feb 08, 2018
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On New Year's Day 2018, cars and people crowd the road to the shrine.Feb 08, 2018
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Retro style building on the way to the shrine.Feb 08, 2018
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Izumo Taisha-mae Station trains. If you're staying near Izumo-shi Station, taking a bus is more convenient.Feb 08, 2018
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Inside Izumo Taisha-mae Station.Feb 08, 2018
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Inside Izumo Taisha-mae Station on the Ichibata Taisha Line. Opened in 1930, now a Tangible Cultural Property of Japan.Feb 08, 2018
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Closest train station to Izumo Taisha Shrine is Izumo Taisha-mae Station on the Ichibata Taisha Line. There are also buses running from Izumo-shi Station. 出雲大社前駅Feb 08, 2018
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About the Otorii.Feb 08, 2018
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Torii pillarFeb 08, 2018
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Izumo Taisha Shrine is one of Japan's Top Three most famous and important Shinto shrines. Historically, it may be Japan's oldest shrine. The Honden hall is a National Treasure.Izumo Taisha Shrine's first torii called Otorii (Giant Torii). I visited Izumo Taisha on New Year's Day Jan. 1, 2018. 大鳥居Feb 08, 2018
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Sign reads, "Izumo Taisha" (出雲大社). The shrine's officially named "Izumo Oyashiro" written with the same kanji.Izumo Taisha worships Okuninushi (大国主大神), the Shinto god of marriage and Kotoamatsukami, the very first Shinto gods born in heaven even before Japan was created.Feb 08, 2018
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Izumo Hinosaki Lighthouse 出雲日御碕燈台Went there by bicycle.Dec 08, 2006
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JR Izumo-shi Station in the 1990s.Dec 08, 2006
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Tachikue Gorge 立久恵峡Dec 08, 2006
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Taisha Station, closed in 1990 and preserved as an Important Cultural Property. 大社駅Dec 08, 2006
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Izumo Taisha's Kaguraden with the iconic giant shimenawa sacred rope weighing 5 tons. Built in 1981. 神楽殿と注連縄Dec 08, 2006
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Without the tents.Dec 08, 2006
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Haiden and Honden behind it.Dec 08, 2006
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Omikuji charms.Dec 08, 2006
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Izumo Taisha's Honden built in the Taisha-zukuri style. National Treasure. 本殿Dec 08, 2006
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Haiden and shimenawa sacred rope 拝殿. The Haiden was built in 1959 after the original building was destroyed by fire in 1953.Dec 08, 2006
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Second torii to Izumo Taisha.Dec 08, 2006
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Giant torii as it looked years ago, minus the new paint job.Dec 08, 2006
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Lots of people took selfies here in front of the torii and big stone pillar engraved with "IZUMO TAISHA." For Instagram of course.Dec 08, 2006
 
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