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Seiseki Sakuragaoka - Konpiragu Shrine / 「耳をすませば」ロケ地 金比羅宮

Annual trip to Tokyo, August 2012. A small-ish shrine located some way up Irohazaka in Seiseki Sakuragaoka.

Photo was taken with reference to Whisper of the Heart 耳をすませば (1995 Studio Ghibli movie). This shrine is called Konpira-Gu. The jinja has a very close resemblance to the one which appears in a scene where Sugimura, in the heat of the moment, makes an abrupt and awkward confession to Shizuku of his feelings for her which, unsurprisingly given the suddenness, catches her rather by surprise.

The jinja surroundings in real life, however, are less bushy than as drawn in the movie. Since my previous visit in 2011 the jinja has got itself an omikuji vending machine (a red machine visible by the side of the torii gate). This place must still be popular with visitors!

My other Whisper of the Heart-related photos:





ジブリ 聖蹟桜ヶ丘 耳をすませば 金比羅宮 神社 360度パノラマ 聖地巡礼

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Copyright: Unkle Kennykoala
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10000x5000
Taken: 15/08/2012
Uploaded: 11/09/2012
Updated: 02/04/2015


Tags: japan; tokyo; shrine; ghibli; movie; anime; 2012
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