. The guidebook says that it is a "standard for architects of Shinto shrines and ancient palace constructions". We went down to the subway and asked the employee in the uniform about how to get there. We had to pass a couple of stops, then go out and catch a tram. It's cool, we will have an opportunity to ride the tram.
That was Nankai Tramway. In fact, it's an ordinary Japanese tram like in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The only remarkable thing is that names of all stops are written in hieroglyphs and only important tourist sites are duplicated in Latin letters. We got out on the Sumiyoshi stop.
Here are new lanterns. Previously I've seen only the old ones, darkened by time.
I wonder what it is written there? :)
The territory is pretty vast.
Then some excitement appeared, and I saw an alien :)
Here are old lanterns and signs with the names of donators.
Shimenawa - "enclosing rope" - marks a sacred tree in which the deity Kami lives.
Sumiyoshi Taisha - is a complex of temples. Three main building are dedicated to the gods-patrons of fishermen and one - to the patron of soldiers.
You can donate money and write your name on the tiles.
Here's omikuji fortune telling. I've written about it many times, so I will not repeat.
Here's is something new, some strange envelopes with sticks.
And here are ema plaques. You can find them in all Japanese and Chinese temples.
All buildings and facilities are built in a special style, which gave the name to the whole architectural trend in the construction of temples - sumiyoshi-zukuri.
Before you pray, it is necessary to ring a bell.
We are walking through the territory.
Here's something strange again. Some hanging bags.
I do not know whether it's allowed to do this, but I looked inside. There is a stone with a picture of a snowflake.
Thinking about Buddhist puzzles, we went further.
It seems as if it's the autumn. In fact, it's the middle of May.
It's so cute - a dog in a bib!
Here's another habitat of Kami. Such tree is called shinboku - "divine tree".
You can pray here. Box with the grid is for the money.
Here's tsukubai for washing hands. It's a necessary Shinto ritual before prayer.
While we were walking, we worked up an appetite. And I found takoyaki. It's fried dough balls stuffed with octopus. I visited half of the country, but have never tried takoyaki. They look too suspicious. They are fried quickly in special molds. Well, I've got a good reason to eat "fried octopus".
It's not so distasteful as I thought it would be, but it's not mine, definitely.