This is a Kumade (although if I understand correctly, Kumade may just mean “rake” in Japanese). It is one of the many artifacts one can get for New Year’s in Japan. My mother-in-law got it for us, now I wonder where we’ll manage to store it to catch
One thing I like about Shintō shrines is that they really come in all shapes and especially sizes. Ranging from huge mountainside shrine complexes like Konpirasan to this very small shrine in my neighborhood. I particularly like the plastic chair in front of it.
This is a wooden horse from Konpirasan a.k.a. Kotohira-gū. Of course, it is a sacred horse (it belongs to the Kami) I just wonder whether it is more or less sacred than the real horses that live there too.
In Zentsūji, you don’t only find the Shingon temple of the same name. Just like anywhere else in Japan, you’ll also find small Shinto shrines here and there: This particular shrine is dedicated to a Kami of fertility.