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A Day in the Life: Summer trip to Izumo, Japan

by Jan 12

Hi guys! As my last post (http://imgur.com/topic/A_Day_In_The_Life/VQrlb) was about New Years, and let's face it: winter has come to the Northern Hemisphere. And with a vengeance. So, to remind myself of warmer days I've decided to share some pictures I took in the summer on my trip to Izumo. As I'm a broke ass college student, the trip only lasted a day and there's not too many things I did, but I hope you enjoy.

I currently live in Kyoto, and it takes about 6 hours to get to Izumo Taisha, even with the famous bullet train, or shinkansen. I left home really early to catch the first train to Okayama, but from there to Izumo it's a pretty long ride. I completely forgot to take pictures of the trains and stuff. Sorry not sorry.

From Okayama, this is the basic scenery you'll get to admire from your window. I love this picture in particular, because if you look at the cloud and use a tiny bit of imagination, it looks like a dragon!

After transferring to a more local train, this is the view you'll get once you're in front of the torii gate placed in front of the shrine. And I mention this because as you can see, there's another huge gate down the road.

View from the other side of the road. That gate gives you an idea of how the architecture of the shrine buildings will look like. Barely anything is really painted, and you feel as if time stopped. Well, except for here. And except if you look around and see people with selfie sticks.

And the descend to the main shrine begins. This is actually a unique trait, since in most shrines you have to climb and walk up to get to the shrine.

Oh just a regular lantern that just looks majestic.

This is the statue of Ōkuninushi (aka Daikoku-san), and the white hare of Inaba. Shinto and Japanese mythology are a post on their own, and I don't want to bore you guys. However, Shinto is basically the religion native to Japan, and it worhips a load of different gods. Ōkuninushi is one of the many gods and he saved this hare lying on the beach with his skin torn away from him.

Mind you, this was in the middle of August, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HOTTEST MONTH OF THE YEAR. Temperatures reached 36°C (98°F), and still there were people outside. Doing stuff. Outside. Where there's no escape from the heat.

I'm sharing this one because it shows how the shrine and the entire area was supposed to look like originally. This shrine is said to be one of, if not the oldest shrine in entire Japan, and to this day we don't know when exactly it was built.

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