Tadasu-no-mori is a mysterious age-old forest surrounding Shimogamo Jinja Shrine. From ancient days, people have treasured this forest as the source of spring water. In late November, I visited before dawn, when the sky was still dark, and then changed from pitch-black to dark blue. Huge numbers of crows cawed and cawed and cawed from within the heart of the forest. Walking down the 300 meter long approach to the shrine, I could see my breath in the cold morning air. When I arrived at the shrine and stepped into its precincts, flocks of the crows flew away - some to the north and others to the west. Then, complete silence was upon me. The night had gone.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。