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More Suwa Taisha

Posted in Places by tokyobling on March 9, 2014

The Suwa Taisha is not only one of the oldest shrine in Japan it is also the home of one of the most (in)famous festivals that takes place once every six years, the Onbashira Matsuri. In the festival huge tree trunks are cut down, transported and raised again in a series of huge ceremonies. Very few festivals pass without one or more gruesome accidents though. The next Onbashira festival takes place in 2016. A few of the large trees used in the ceremonies are exhibited at the shrine, and there are a few more in the city (including one right in front of the train station).

The shrine is also popular with pregnant women praying for a safe birth, who can dedicate a steel ladle at the shrine with their prayers.

If you are ever traveling through Nagano Prefecture this shrine is a must see. There are so many things that I missed on my first visit here, I hope I can go back soon again!

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  1. Dave said, on March 9, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Waaaa! I’m absolutely drooling over that lush wood architecture and those deep, rich brown hues in that alpine setting. It’s like the Asian version of a Black Forest lodge in Bavaria. I want to go to there.

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    • tokyobling said, on March 13, 2014 at 12:18 am

      Thank you for the comment Dave! I bet this place would look even better in the summer or autumn. Have to go back soon! (^-^)

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  2. Shelli@howsitgoingeh? said, on March 9, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I LOOOOVE the oversized coiled rope hanging on the front of the temple! Gorgeous! I need one for my house.

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