If you go to Nagatoro in Saitama Prefecture to see Iwadatami, you should definitely visit Hodosan Shrine to admire the beautifully painted wood carvings that decorate under the eaves and even the foundations of the main hall. This shrine has many special events. I visited there extremely early in the morning, yet there were quite a few other people there for the priest to perform a special service praying for health.
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 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.