Refurbished Jinja in Iwama

Sensei Sargeant outside the refurbished jinja in Iwama

Sensei Sargeant outside the refurbished Jinja in Iwama. The locals made an amazing job of restoring this very special place that O'Sensei had originally built.

Looking from the rear of the refurbished Jinja

Looking from the rear of the refurbished Jinja. The Jinja is split up into parts using wood & materials collected from the immediate area in keeping with the materials that the founder had originally built it from.

Looking at the Jinja from inside the court yard, that completely surrounds this spiritual building.

Looking at the Jinja from inside the courtyard
that completely surrounds this spiritual building.

The rear monument

You may have seen pictures of O'Sensei sitting praying in front of the original building here. It is all part of the Jinja but it's just a monument and is not for entering, like the main building at the front (with the gate at the entrance).

Sensei Sargeant raking the area. A daily job before training each morning at 5.30 am.
A stone in front of the Jinja states what the Jinja stands for. It has now become a very special place attracting thousands of visitors who come to see this building and the area where O'Sensei lived & trained in Iwama.

Raking the ground in front of the Jinja

Other students raking the ground in front of the Jinja, this would normally be carried out in one's Gi but this was just a clean up day. Across the road is the drive to the main Iwama Dojo.

 

 

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