I found these 'animals of God' at Shirahige Shrine in Fukui city, which I spotted by chance. The most impressive, and the cutest 'animals' I found on the grounds was a child clinging to the stone pillar of an old lantern built in 1762. I don't know why he or she has been clinging to the pillar for...252 years, but I'm amazed by his/her tenacity! Also, there is a wash basin donated by the 16th lord of Fukui Han (domain), Matsudaira Shungaku, in 1880. The stone turtle on the basin has been spewing water for 134 years here, too! I've heard that people of Fukui are patient and tenacious due to its long and cold winters, but it seems that the animals of God here are also very patient!
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I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.