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Ebara Shrine Musketry

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on July 12, 2014

The old and venerable Ebara Shrine (荏原神社) in south Shinagawa puts on a musketry show once a year and I managed to catch it last year. A group of musket men in authentic armor and warrior’s equipment take up positions on a bridge to the south of the shrine and let lose a few volleys. I always try to catch these shows and I always forget to bring the most vital piece of equipment when photographing them: a tripod stand for the camera! The noise is so loud, no matter how much you prepare yourself there is no way you can stop from jumping when they all fire at once, hence the very few non-shaky pictures!

Ebara Shrine is well worth a visit even without the muskets as it is one of the oldest shrines in Tokyo, completed in 709 A.D.














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  1. Jonelle Patrick said, on July 16, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Okay, fourth from the end – that’s a strange samurai animal totem, don’t you think? I mean, we’ve got ears and we’ve got antlers, but what is that little mystery creature on his forehead? O_O


    • tokyobling said, on July 17, 2014 at 7:12 am

      For a second I thought you meant the bear’s head! That golden creature leaping downwards? I think it is a simple komainu, or guardian lion that you find at every shrine in the country. Or, if the samurai was from Okinawa (unlikely) it could be a Shisha lion. But that is my opinion only. Someone might have better information!


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