The Omiya Hikawa Shrine, which boasts a long history, is also home to many auxiliary and subordinate shrines. After passing through the third torii gate and before reaching the corridor, there are six shrines (Yamatsumi Shrine, Isonokami Shrine, Atago Shrine, Ikazuchi Shrine, Sumiyoshi Shrine, and Shinmei Shrine) arranged like a row of houses, Inari Shrine, Matsuo Shrine, Munakata Shrine, and Monkyakujin Shrine and Mitake Shrine on the sides of the corridor. The Tenmangu Shrine is also located a short distance away, making the grounds of the shrine very colorful.
While it is natural that many people visit the main worship hall of Hikawa Shrine, surprisingly, many people also visit the smaller shrines. In particular, there were many people praying at the Monkyakujin Shrine and the Mitake Shrine. Monkyakujin Shrine enshrines Ashinazuchi and Tenazuchi, the parents of Kushinadahime, and Mitake Shrine enshrines Oanamuji and Sukunabikona. As I approached the Mitake Shrine, I wondered what kind of deity was enshrined there, and the large puddle of water that had formed in front of the shrine reflected the shrine and its visitors, making the air seem clearer.
|May 2022 IN THE CITY SAITAMA|
|PUDDLE REFLECTION SAITAMA CITY SHRINE WORSHIPER|
May 23, 2022
August 13, 2023
Saitama City, Saitama
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS LOXIA 2/35