I came to a Shinto shrine called Ishihama Jinja in Minamisenju because I heard that it is unusual to have a historic shrine building and a modern industry next to each other. Not only is there a Tokyo Gas office right next to the shrine grounds, but the huge gas holder installed on the premises is visible from the shrine grounds. The combination of a shrine and a gas holder is a rare sight.
I was looking forward to seeing how the shrine and the gas holder would look together, but even before I stepped onto the approach to the shrine, the giant gas holder was in my line of sight. Before I even entered the shrine grounds, I understood the relationship between the shrine and the gas holder. The presence of the huge structure cannot be underestimated. I had pictured the gas holder sitting behind the shrine building as if it were a deity, but in reality, it is not so cool. The gas holder was standing over a restaurant on the side of the approach to the shrine.
Indeed, the gas holder, a modern lifeline, is located right next to a shrine with a long history, founded in 724. There is no doubt about that. However, each of them asserted their presence separately, and there was not the slightest sense of collaboration between them.
|Mar 2022 ARCHITECTURE TOKYO|
|CLOUD GAS HOLDER MINAMISENJU SKY|
March 29, 2022
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS LOXIA 2/35