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Shimogamo Shrine in Japanese, is the common name of an important Shinto sanctuary in the Shimogamo district of Kyoto city's Sakyō ward. Its formal name is Kamo-mioya-jinja. It is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan and is one of the seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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Spectacular Places: Tadasu no Mori, Japan

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Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto, Japan: photo by William Corey. My niece spent a year in Kyoto and speaks fluent Japanese. I was born on the Japanese Riukan Islands in Okinawa. I guess you could say I was literally "made in Japan!"

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下鴨神社 = Shimogamo shrine, Kyoto

Autumn in Shimogamo Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

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Footbridge to Shrine. Japan

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Kozenji, Yamagata, Japan by William Corey

Shrine maiden dividing the holy sake, rice wine, which every participant of the procession from the Shimogamo shrine to the Mikage shrine receives, Kyoto, Japan, Asia

Shimogamo shrine in snow, Kyoto, Japan eBook about the gardens of Sha-ke machi near Kamigamo Jinja here: http://www.japanesegardens.jp/gardens/secret/000011.php

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