Summer Shade

August 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

The best place to be during this summer heat is in the shade, and what better place to find shade than in a small countryside shrine. 

Shrines like these are everywhere in Japan, there are 85,000 shrines in the country! And they are all unique.

 

Shrine PanoramaShrine Panorama


As I have said many times before in my blog posts, one of the cool things (pun intended) about shrines, is the sacred trees that grow around them.

At this time of year, the leaves are still green and I can quite easily spend a Sunday afternoon chasing lizards around the cedar trees, curling up beside a maple tree with a book listening to the cicadas getting their groove on, or sitting on the shrine steps watching Orb-Web spiders spin their giant webs.

 

Green Summer MaplesGreen Summer Maples

 

A couple of maple photos from last weekend.

 

Maple GroveMaple Grove


Not sure where your local shrine is? Type "shrine" into Google maps and then follow your senses.

Shrines Google MapsShrines Google Maps
Each red dot is a shrine!!
 

 

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