JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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The shrine's first torii has a nice view of Mt. Fuji. Visited the shrine on New Year's Day 2017. Mt. Fuji (Japan's highest and most revered mountain) has a Shinto shrine on the summit, and it belongs to Fuji-san Hongu Sengen Taisha in Fujinomiya.
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They were constructing a new international facility next to the first torii.
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Poem about Mt. Fuji
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Poem about Mt. Fuji
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The main road near the shrine was jammed with cars and people on New Year's Day.
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"Fujinomiya" means "Shrine of Mt. Fuji," so the city was named after this shrine.
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Second torii also has a fine view of Mt. Fuji.
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Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine's second torii has a fine view of Mt. Fuji.
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Mt. Fuji and torii pillar.
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Path to the shrine crowded with people on New Year's Day 2017.
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Map of shrine grounds.
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View from the main Romon Gate.
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鉾立石
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鉾立石
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Romon Gate 楼門
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Year of the Rooster, 2017
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Long line to purify yourself at the water fountain.
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How to purify yourself at the shrine's water fountain. Pour the water into your hand, and sip it from your hand.
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People are pure enough now to visit the shrine.
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Worshippers lined up in front of the main shrine. Didn't take long to get here.
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People pray for Good health, good job, prosperity, good school, good marriage partner (even though fewer people are getting married in Japan), etc.
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The shrine is dedicated to a goddess being a guardian deity for fire prevention, safe childbirth, ocean voyages, fishing, farming, and weaving.
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Offertory box in front of the main shrine. That's money on the floor.
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Fujisan Hongu Sengen Shrine
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The high structure is the main shrine (Honden) standing 13 meters high. Built in 1604 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. In the distinctive sengen-zukuri style.
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Clump of volcanic rock from an eruption by Mt. Fuji.
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Rock from the South Pole brought back by Japan's exploratory ship named "Fuji."
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Eastern torii of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine has a great view of Mt. Fuji.
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Eastern torii of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine has a great view of Mt. Fuji.
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Eastern torii of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine has a great view of Mt. Fuji.
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Eastern torii of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine.
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You can also enter the shrine through this eastern torii.
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eastern torii.
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Next to the eastern torii is Wakutama-ike Pond created by a natural spring (湧玉池).
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About Wakutama-ike Pond (湧玉池).
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Wakutama-ike Pond (湧玉池)
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Bridges over Wakutama-ike Pond (湧玉池)
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Bridge over Wakutama-ike Pond
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Bridge over Wakutama-ike Pond
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Wakutama-ike Pond
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Crystal clear water of Wakutama-ike Pond
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Itsukushima Shrine on Wakutama-ike Pond.
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Shrine amulets on sale.
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Shrine maidens selling amulets.
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Shrine maidens selling amulets.
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Ema tablet with Mt. Fuji and a rooster. ¥1000
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Ema tablet with Mt. Fuji ¥500
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Barrels of sake
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Omikuji fortunes
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Omikuji
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If you want to hold a private prayer service inside the shrine, apply here.
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Place to discard last year's New Year's decorations.
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Shrine has this lawn where you can sit, relax, and gaze at Mt. Fuji.
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The shrine has a varied and scenic landscape with a river, lawn, and natural spring pond.
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At Sengen Taisha Shrine in Fujinomiya.
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Koban police box near the entrance of the shrine.
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Traffic cones with a Mt. Fuji design.
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Mt. Fuji turning red at sunset.
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