Images of Enoshima

Statues, decorations and items captured during my visit

By Elena Lisina    - 3 min read

Walking in Enoshima I came across many details that I hadn’t mentioned in my previous articles about my visit. When you consider them, you realise these details tell their own story.

Though Japanese shrines may all appear the same, I still can't pass by my favourite komainu shrine guardians without thinking that they are different. Enoshima’s stone komainu appear old and the seal of time pressed upon them is absorbing. I get the same feeling when looking at old lanterns covered with moss; some even have grass growing on them. I think they look more beautiful and romantic than modern bright neon lights, so I can never pass by without taking a photo. The bronze torii gate I came across during my trip gave a similar feeling.

In each shrine you'll come across pieces of paper tied on branches or a board - they are called omikuji and are actually fortunes. Whether or not they foretell a good or bad fortune, they should be left at the shrine after reading. Omikuji are usually printed on white paper but in Enoshima the paper is red & white.

My collection of manhole covers was added to with some new images I found at Enoshima. I'm also attracted to little details like garden corners decorated with shells, colourful souvenir shops. Familiar images of Daruma and Jizo are always nice to come across. I noticed some unusual signs like the ‘Caution!! Be aware of kites. They will try to steal your food.’ I saw them too, flying above areas where people rest and eat. Crafty birds!

Amongst the Enoshima's flora, I heard cicadas for the first time in my life. I couldn’t see them hidden in trees though by chance I found one in a public bathroom. I never realised they were as large as what they were. Very surprising and like much else of the details of my visit to Enoshima, a pleasant one too.

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Elena Lisina

Elena Lisina @shiroi.tenshi

I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo! My photos from Japan I also place here: Matane!