The bowman on the right with his dog (Photo: Rod Walters)

Sculpture at Mishima Shrine, Toon

Interesting and ancient wood carving at an old shrine

Anonymous   - 1 min read

The unassuming-looking Mishima Shrine in Toon is home to some interesting wooden statuary dating from the Northern and Southern Courts period, spanning from 1336 to 1392. Without their original bows and arrows, the archers in the gateway appear to be disco dancing. Truly, wood is the soul of Japan.


Anonymous @rod.walters__archived

I was born in Bristol, England, and I came to Japan in 1991 … which means I’ve lived half my life in this island nation on the other side of the world. The theme of my career in Japan has been communication. I started as an English teacher, and moved into translation as I learned Japanese....