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1932 Miyako Odori: Snow on Mount Atago | by Miegiku
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1932 Miyako Odori: Snow on Mount Atago

"From time immemorial, the snow scenery has been a favourite subject of poetry as well as or painting. Art and industrial works are decorated with a thousand and one snowy scenes. Perhaps, no nation would admire the sight of snow more intensely than the Japanese.


Mount Atago, 3,034 ft. above sea-level, is the highest mountain in Kyoto towering in its northwestern section. From its top, which is easily reached by cable-car from Arashiyama, is enjoyed as excellent bird's eye view of the Old Capital and its neighborhood.


There is found a Shinto shrine, namely, the Atago Jinsha, dedicated to the Goddess Izanami and her son Kaguzuchi, who are worshiped as the protectors against against fire. Without any exaggeration, the Shrine is yearly visited by over a million pious people who pray to escape the misfortune of fire. It was established as early as in 701 by the priest Yen-no-Ozunu and had been under the Buddhist control for generations until it was converted into Shintoism at the Restoration of Meiji. Apart from such religious interest, it is well worth while to try an ascent of the sacred mountain in order to gain a panoramic sight."

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Taken on June 16, 2009