Nanayo-no-taki Waterfall, Mount Mitakesan

Shinto dōsojin 道陸神 stone marker and shide 紙垂paper streamers.

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Nanayo-no-taki Waterfall, Mitakesan

Apparently, in Japan’s Shinto and Buddhist traditions, such stone markers — among other purposes — protect liminal areas such as crossroads, graveyards, and execution grounds. Yamabushi Buddhist monks sometimes meditate in waterfalls.

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