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Snowy Shrine – Akagi Jinja

Posted in Places by tokyobling on February 13, 2014

On the beautiful Sunday morning walk through the northwestern end of Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward I visited Akagi Shrine, in the famous Kagurazaka district. I have blogged about this beautiful and very modern looking shrine before, but this is the first time I have seen it covered in snow. I have also visited it just before dawn on the New Year’s Day of 2013, and I have several posts about the fabulous Akagi Shrine festival held in September every year (here, here, here, here and a gorgeous shrine dancer here).

This branch shrine here in Kagurazaka is a tributary of the three main Akagi Shrines in Gunma Prefecture’s Akagiyama. It was originally constructed in 1300 in modern day Ushigome, just a short distance from where it was transferred to in 1555. The original 1300 building burned down in 1842 and the reconstructed shrine was again destroyed in the bombing raids of 1945. It was rebuilt again in 1951, as a kindergarten which was closed in 2009 and the task or redesigning the shrine minus the kindergarten but with attached apartments and a cafe gallery went to the famous architect Kengo Kuma in 2010. The level of the shrine was raised drastically in the 2010 rebuilding and now it has a set of very impressive stone stairs leading up the smaller shrine building. Underneath this are storage areas, garages and offices. Even before 2010 the shrine was located right on top of Kagurazaka hill but now it stands even higher.

As I walked up the steep stairs I could already see people busy shoveling snow from the shrine grounds, and people were again busy in the street leading up the front of the shrine. The white of the snow, the red of the shrine and the blue of the skies made it a wonderfully beautiful sight!














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  1. bloggerjameslantern said, on February 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Hope u aint worshpn it,


  2. Timi said, on February 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Yay, after a looong long time I’m back againm! Nah, I didn’t go visit the other side, just made my life to go a little upside-down, and now after being reborn I’m back to commenting (though I came to watch silently up until now:D)

    Aand, happy news, got my hands on a nice little camera from the dslr types, well a low budget one (hell, I’m happy I got a job:D), but the blog I could write might gotten a little closer 😉 First things first, I need tons of practice and study to make great shots, and then…fear Hungary:D (insert evil laugh)

    And of course I didn’t forget about the photos either 🙂 I’m surprised about the snow, for a while now we have a weather which feels like it forgot the calendar (currently 6-8 degrees maybe some minus in the evenings)…
    I like the fact that the roads are cleaned so nicely, it shows that people care about each other and like to have things in order 🙂


    • tokyobling said, on February 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      Welcome back Timi, to the land of the living! It is good to hear the good news! There must be tons of good stuff to show about Hungary! The only important thing about cameras is to keep practicing every day, little by little. The best thing about digital cameras is that it is practically free to practice. (^-^)

      We have snow again here in Tokyo. I think February 2014 is going to be one for the record books regarding snowfall here. (^-^)


      • Timi said, on February 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm

        There is good stuff everywhere, we just have to walk around with an open eye 🙂 And the everyday practice is on, hope I can catch up to you someday 😀


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