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.
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.
A couple of maple photos from last weekend.
Not sure where your local shrine is? Type "shrine" into Google maps and then follow your senses.
Each red dot is a shrine!!
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