The stone lantern standing at the Akagi Jinja Shrine, which has been restored and given a modern look, is also of modern construction. A small fire pouch sits on a tall base reminiscent of a lighthouse. This is a structure rarely seen in Japan. The center of gravity is high, which gives it a sleek appearance, but when you actually try to light it, it seems to be difficult to use because of the high position of the firebox. When actually lit, the lantern does not illuminate the feet of worshippers, which seems unfriendly.
Come to think of it, the guardian dogs that sit in front of the hall of worship also sit on the same tall pedestal as the stone lantern, looking down on visitors like inflexible officials. In this light, perhaps everything here is designed to extend upward. The shrine pavilion is also built higher than the ground, and a five-story condominium towers next to the shrine. If you think about it, this is Akagi Shrine. It was originally a shrine of mountain worship dedicated to Mt. Akagi. It is no wonder that one's eyes are drawn to high places. When the next revitalization project is carried out, the shrine pavilions will probably be rebuilt on higher ground.
|Jun 2022 IN THE CITY TOKYO|
|AKAGI MOTOMACHI LANTERN SHADOW SHRINE|
June 8, 2022
March 19, 2023
Akagi Motomachi, Tokyo
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS LOXIA 2/35