Never let it be said that my neighborhood is bereft of traditional Japanese culture. The Shofukuji is an ancient Buddhist temple, and is a mere two minute walk from my house. And around the corner from the Shofukuji is a Shinto shrine. We went over today for a low-key, neighborhood hatsumoude.
The Shofukuji is more interesting than the shrine, and dates back hundreds of years. I think the history might go back as far as the year 1300.
Here is the entrance to the temple.
And some photos from inside. The bell is what I heard ringing on New Year’s Eve from my house. The grave markers go back 300+ years.
And here are a few photos from the shrine around the corner from the temple.
Finally, on the way back, just around the corner from my house is what I guess you would call a tiny little branch office of the temple. It’s been sitting there on the corner for over 250 years. I’m not sure who takes care of it.