December 1, 2010

Autumn leaves in Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

The flaming autumnal colors are beautifully matched with the glossy pitch-black and the dim copper color of Shiro-hata-jinjya (white-battle-flag shrine).

This shrine commemorates Minamoto no Yoritomo (Yoritomo of Minamoto) and his samurai family. Yoritomo (1147-1199) was the founder and the first shogun of the Kamakura Shogunate of Japan.

The gilt emblem of Rindo (Gentiana scabra var. buergeri) flower and bamboo grass, which is marked on this black-lacquered shrine, is the crest of the Minamoto family.

They unfurled their white battle flag on the battlefields.

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