Monday, June 5, 2023

Tozan Shrine: Arita Town, Saga Prefecture

You know you are in Ceramic Territory when the Shrines are decked out in Porcelain designs.  It's actually quite remarkable for such a religious and hence traditional institution to allow these designs but when you think about it, it's actually a marketing masterpiece that will attract more customers to the region to see something unique.

The Tozan Shrine is specifically located just above a train station is its easy to find but of course you just have to be careful when crossing the tracks.  But don't worry since we are in the remote countryside of Kyushu there aren't too many trains in a daily routine.  Walking towards the Shrine is a cultural event in itself.  You literally have to stop and look intensely at every statue, pillar, column and of course the main torii entrance gates that feature at every Shinto Shrine in Japan.

The Shrine is also dedicated to Lee Sam Pei, the Korean Potter (who was allegedly brought to Japan by force in the 17th century) who is the person that developed and started the 1st Ceramic Industry in Japan, specifically here in Arita, Saga Prefecture.  His memorial statue is located up on a hill behind the shrine and although it is a great view up there of the entire town, unless you have a specific reason to do so, visiting the statue is not a moving moment at all.

I recommend this site as its centrally located near many other attractions off a main street and it's obviously the only Shrine in Japan that is decorated just so.  You miss it here, and you will not see another one, period!

Please check out the Tozan Shrine in Arita Town here on a map:

Please click on the photos below to enlarge:

Purification time

Porcelain is incredible

Even small is impressive

Interesting roof tiles

Too many details to fathom

The torii gate is impressive

The size of the vases are massive

Check out the detail

Has a magnificent view

Please click on the video below to see more about Tozan Shrine:

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