Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Yasaka Shrine, Tsuwano


The Yasaka shrine in Tsuwano is a branch of the Yasaka Shrine in Gion. Originally known as Mototakimoto Gionsha, it was part of the importation of kyoto culture by the lords of Tsuwano.


Its located on the riverbank below the castle and the Taikodani Inari Shrine. For most of the year it seems to be abandoned and not much goes on there. There is a wonderful huge tree in the grounds though.


The shrine is the home of the Sagimai, the heron dance, and that is when the shrine comes alive and is bedecked...... though the dance is now held a few hundred meters from shrine in the main street of the town


The main kami enshrined here is Susano, though many of his family are also enshrined here. the Linkfull list can be found in the post of the original Yasaka Shrine.


  1. All beautifully captured! I love that old tree... There's much to learn from the Japanese culture... as in this case, the respect they have for Nature.

    Have a happy day!

  2. I would like to see more pictures of that tree. Enjoyed your photos. Thanks for posting.