Power Spot “Karube Shrine” Dedicated to Women’s Breast
(This article was originally posted in Japanese at 23:30 Jan. 02, 2009.)
Weird? But you shouldn't make fun, these are sacred. These titty-shaped pincushiony things are Ema(votive wooden plate) offered to "Chichigamisama (Goddess of breast)" at "Karube-jinja (Karube shrine)", Soja city, Okayama.
Read on and explore the mystic site.
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The Tarachine Bridge.
Enter through the torii gate.
This shrine was built in 1678.
This is the main temple.
Karube shrine used to have a great shidarezakura (weeping cherry) tree called “Tarachine no Sakura”in its precincts which was worshipped by the villagers. It died at 1940.
What's left of "Tarachine no Sakura".
Let's take a look inside.
Boobs all over the wall.
Most are dedicated to wishes for easy delivery of a baby and smooth breastfeeding. There were wishes to heal breast cancers and prayers to be free of relapse as well.
"Finally I've got a baby. Hope he drinks a lot of his milk."