Hokusai - Ehon Sumida Gawa - Prints 3-6 and 3-7

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3-7 Evening household smoke
at Imado
3-6 Pheasants and pine
at Shirahige

And at this point autumn shifts into winter ...

In the foreground people are making tiles, a specialty of the quarter of Imadochō (今戸丁), then very well-known for its continuous ascending fire smokes. On the far east bank in print 3-7 the Shirahige-Jinja shrine (白鬚神社, which translates into “white beard shrine”) can be seen near the pine forests which makes this site so famous. The shrine is devoted to Jurōjin, the god of long life and health - usually depicted as an old man with a long white beard.

Here are two pictures I took of Shirahige-Jinja shrine in 2017 as well as the stamps and calligraphy I obtained from a priest at the Shirahige-Jinja shrine in my goshuinchō stamp temple book (click to enlarge):

Shirahige Jinja (1) Shirahige goshuinchō stamps and calligraphy Shirahige Jinja (2)

Shirahige-Jinja shrine today (1)

Shirahige-Jinja goshuinchō stamps and calligraphy

Shirahige-Jinja shrine today (2)

The kanji in the middle column of my goshuinchō page are 白鬚神社: Shirahige-Jinja shrine. The kanji in the calligraphy in the left column of the page are 平成二十九年五月二十日. This translates into Heisei 29, the 5th month, the 20th day, and thus in 2017, May 20 which is the date of my visit to the shrine.

Note again the shimenawa sacred cord intertwined with shide (folded pieces of paper) in front of the entrance of the shrine, see prints 3-12 and 3-13 for details.

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