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Through an Alley Shrine

Some Shinto shrines take up vast acres, and some take up several city blocks. The average neighborhood shrine in a residential area might take up one block or about half a block. Roadside shrines might be anywhere from the size of a room, to a parking space, to a dresser, to a box. Rooftop shrines might occupy a major portion of the building’s roof, or just an inconspicuous corner of it. While travelling around I stumbled upon this shrine, in a once bustling urban neighborhood, the only one I remember occupying an alleyway.
Torii gate at entrance

Stepping through

Moving ahead

Looking back the way I came, shrine structure on right

Moving on again

This place has seen better days, but so have I . . .

Getting there . . .

Almost there . . .

Out the other side and looking back. The support for the corrugated plastic roofing at the entrance serves as a makeshift torii.


4 responses to “Through an Alley Shrine

  1. I need to come that way for a visit.

    • wdydfae

      You should! That spot was pretty run down (I’m on this kick where I stop and check out declining and ruined areas a lot) and I can’t even remember where it was, but there are a whole lot of cooler spots, all over. (Going through industrial areas at night is another trip I’m into. “This is totally like Blade Runner, man! Kewl.”)

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