The official name of this shrine, which is often referred to as Chinseitaisha, is Suwa Shrine. Because it is Suwa Shrine, it is dedicated to the god Takeminakata and his consort, Yasakatomenokami.
On both sides of the approach to the shrine, which stretches to the worship hall on top of a hill in Nagasaki City, there were dwellings. In the past, the area where the dwellings were built must have been a sacred area. But as urbanization progressed, it must have been eroded. It seemed like the only thing left of the place was the Torii. Along with such an approach, there are magnificent stone torii gates, as if to show off the fact that it is still an approach to the shrine.
Through the torii, I could see another torii gate. The appearance of each gate was different, so each gate may have been built in a different period. The stone material used for the gates was also different. Some of the torii was whitish, others were black. This lack of uniformity seemed to me to prove that the shrine was beloved by the locals.
|May 2007 ARCHITECTURE NAGASAKI|
|APPROACH NAGASAKI CITY SHRINE TORII|
May 26, 2007
Nagasaki City, Nagasaki
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