Losing myself in Hamamatsu…

One of the things I love about Japan is how, one minute, you can be saying goodbye to your friends and heading to the supermarket and, the next minute, you find yourself wandering completely off track because you spotted a shrine you didn’t see before. At least, that’s how my life usually goes.

On August 1st, I was just planning to go to the supermarket on the way home from having met some friends. I decided to check out a different supermarket, in the hope of finding something new to snack on, and was therefore walking a slightly different way home. I happened to glance down a side street, and I saw this:

Random temples and shrines in Hamamatsu, 1st August 2010

Naturally, I couldn’t help but wander off track and go and investigate.

My investigations led me to discover a whole bunch of temples and shrines that I had never come across before!  I don’t even know exactly where I wandered, but I think at some point I was sort of near Hamamatsu Castle (which means I must have really wandered off track from the supermarket!).

I always feel very excited when I find something like this – it’s like the secret, hidden Japan. It reminds me that I’m lucky to live in a country with such a rich culture and interesting traditions. I took a lot of photos, of course. Here are a selection, and the rest can be found, as always, on Flickr.

Random temples and shrines in Hamamatsu, 1st August 2010

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Random temples and shrines in Hamamatsu, 1st August 2010

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Random temples and shrines in Hamamatsu, 1st August 2010

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Random temples and shrines in Hamamatsu, 1st August 2010

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Random temples and shrines in Hamamatsu, 1st August 2010

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Random temples and shrines in Hamamatsu, 1st August 2010

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Random temples and shrines in Hamamatsu, 1st August 2010

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2 thoughts on “Losing myself in Hamamatsu…

  1. Such kinds of wanderings and investigations are among my favorite things about living in Japan. I never feel the same desire or interest to investigate things here in the US, even in Hawaii, such a very different place from NY.

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  2. I miss those, “What’s that?” moments. when you spend your whole day exploring something that you didn’t even know existed. Thanks for sharing. I also had plenty of those at the supermarkets also!

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