About two kilometres from Kibune-guchi train station I approached the first shrine where I climbed stone steps lined with lanterns. Strangely, there was a statue of a black horse that appeared to be crying.
This shrine was dedicated to the rain god, Takaokami-no-kami so that in times of drought or other emergencies, the imperial envoys made offerings and prayers at this site. From the year 818 it was believed that with an offering of black horses for rain and an offering of white horses to stop rain, prayers would be answered.
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Beautiful! We missed so much in Japan. 😦
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