This spring, the ever-impish kami-sama apparently thought I was in need of some sort of life lesson. Because every time I set out with a well-planned, perfectly-timed plan, it was like this: “You know that amazing thing you traveled three hours on four trains to see? Well, forget it. You’re not going to see it. Instead you’re going to see this.”
Like, I went to Kamakura to take pictures of the famously famous promenade of cherry trees leading up to the Tsurugaoka Shrine, only to find that 1) the magnificent ones in all the photos had been recently replaced by skinny saplings and 2) they weren’t even close to blooming yet (even though the ones in Tokyo were already dialled up to 100% fluffypink WHY.)
Disgruntled and not wanting to trudge around to spots I’d been to countless times before, I set off to walk around a neighborhood that I’d never explored because it doesn’t boast a single famous shrine or temple.
And…I stumbled across Kamakura-gu – the shrine where if you break a dish, ye olde resident gods will boot pesky, negative people from your life for good.
Okay, how great is that?
Allow me to demonstrate:
Okay, I get it. Kami-sama, YOU WIN.
Tucked into a quiet residential neighborhood, Kamakura-gu is about a ten minute walk from the entrance to Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu shrine.
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4 thoughts on “The Dish-Breaking Shrine”
I may just have to make my way there. I think breaking a bunch of dishes would go a long way toward easing my stress.
It’s deeply satisfying. They make a great sound when they smash too! Also, there’s a killer homemade soba shop nearby with the best gobo-ten I’ve ever eaten anywhere, and they have soba-gaki!（手打ち蕎麦 千花庵・鎌倉店、西御門２丁目６−１３）
Great post! I went to this shrine and had a blast trying unsuccessfully to break a plate. Yeah well. Great information and pictures! Hope you don’t mind but I linked your blog on my own about the Daibutsu trail (http://freshcoffeestains.com/daibutsu-trail/). This shrine is just one of many great ones along the trail where hardly any tourists visit!
Tam @ http://freshcoffeestains.com/daibutsu-trail/
Great post! I’ve wanted to hike that trial ever since the first time I went to the fox shrine and found out you could walk to the Daibutsu from there. Thank you for including the link, and now that I’m signed up for your newsletter, I look forward to reading of your further adventures!・° ♪・☆