Sagimori Jinja and The Great Musashi

Sagimori Jinja is our neighborhood shrine, which means it is where our twice-yearly “shrine fee” goes. One of the responsibilities of living in a house rather than apartment is that you have to support the nearest shrine. Not by government decree, obviously, because Japan has the same separation of church and state, but by overwhelming social pressure, a Japanese forte. Sagimori is nice, but it’s not on any tourist must-see lists. It does, however, commemorate a duel of one of the baddest of bad-asses, Miyamoto Musashi. He reputedly won 60 duels before retiring to become an artist. He also apparently ended up with a restaurant in Detroit (scroll down for bio). His portrait here is less flattering than the dashing hero portrayed in the current NHK-TV series.

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