Izanagi Jingu enshrines the god Izanami who is supposed to have created Japan, handed it over to the goddess Amaterasu, and retired to Awaji Island. I visited on a cold spring day, and found a picturesque pond, and an impressive 900 year old camphor tree (I like trees). Izanagi Jingu's ema boards are shaped like peaches because there is a story about the god Izanagi hurling a peach at a demon.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.