This morning, Toby and I decided to head up to the Gioji moss temple and the little fox shrine that Rachel Manija Brown and I had found near Gioji on our 2007 trip. I couldn’t remember which station we’d gotten off at on the previous visit, and the hanare we’re staying at for this visit is not terribly far from the shrine by non-American standards (by American standards it’s a trek and a half), so we walked up to the local tram stop, took it one stop (which turned out to be a 30-second ride, so everyone stared at us for being so weird), then walked the rest of the way.
(If you've started reading my journal after my 2007 trip to Japan, click on the "fox shrine" tag below to read the Saga of the Mysterious Fox Shrine with the door into the hill that was chained shut and blocked with rocks.)
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This is large (roughly 250K), and composites two Google screens together. I'm not sure exactly where the shrine is on it, but I can at least say there's no way the fox statues are guarding against evil from the northeast, so that little bit of folklore is thrown out as regard this.
Now, using the Hybrid function, which overlays a satellite map with the names of places, we get another large file:
I've pointed out what I think may be the wooden shelter's roof. It's across the street from what I think is the doll museum.
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