Sunday, March 21, 2010

Day 2 - Zeniarai Benten Shrine (Kamakura)

1st February, 2003 - There are a number of unusual shrines in Kamakura, one such is Zeniari Benten shrine... which was established around 1185 AD. It's approached through a rock cave through to a gorge, at the rear of which is another cave with a water pool. The entrance is guarded by a number of plain torii gates (they are donated by people that have received good luck from worshipong here, or those aspiring to). There is also a large number of ema boards placed around the shrine, on which believers write their wishes for the local God (kami) to respond to.
Zeniarai Benten Shrine in Kamakura

This shrine is famous for coin-washing - as a means of wishing good luck to get wealthy. Indeed, zeni means coin, and arai means washing.That tradition has extended to note-washing, where peole wash their cash notes in the rock pool, and dry them off over giant incense burners. Though small, this is one of the most popular shrines in Kamakura, but easily missed by foreigners.
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