By Bonson Lam
The day I visited Shimogamo Shrine was the day of a summer rite. Shinto priests were making implements for the ceremony at the precinct. One of the priests explained to me that it was a wooden stand to set sacred arrows upon. At the end of the ceremony, selected men scramble for the arrows in the water (Nagoshi Shinji 夏越神事).
There are two ways to go to Shimogamo Shrine; going through Tadasu-no-mori Forest, or directly from the Shimogamo Jinjamae Bus Stop. The latter is the nearest bus stop to go to the shrine, although it is not the formal shrine entrance. If you have enough time, I recommend that you go via the long approach, cutting through the forest. In summertime, kids sketch the scenery and play with water in the stream there.
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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。