This is one of the very ancient and revered Shinto shrines of Japan located at the southern end of the city near the new Kansai International Airport. It is said to have been originally built in the time of Empress Suiko, as a protection for ship sailing to Korea for trade and cultural contact.
Gardens are not usually associated with shrines, but Shigemori pioneered this genre. The garden has strong reference to the sea. Concrete lines meander across sand and stone, lined with tiny outcroppings of moss and ground cover. The stones are arranged in Horai style, referring to the gods of the sea. Similar to Kasuga, the stone arrangements are in 3/5/7 groupings (numbers traditionally assocated with Shinto). The waving concrete lines become more wavy as they approach the 'shore'. A bamboo fence on one side completed the scene, but it has been replaced with something simpler and can only be appreciated in books at this point.
Transport: Approximately 200m south of the 'Shikanjima 2-chome' City Bus Stop
never have I
stopped to gaze at something
my feet that tread on life
have been too healthy.