I love going out on the excursions my hosts plan for us; this time it was to the Tanashi Shrine in Nishi-Tokyo. My interpreter, Yoshiyasu Aoki-san and Dynavision coordinator, Nazomi Minetta helped make it a fascinating day of exploration.
The Tanashi Shrine is dedicated to Dragons; five of them that work together to liberate the power we have within. The red dragon releases your intuition, the white dragon releases the power to receive your rewards, the blue dragon is for success, the black dragon is for new beginnings and the gold dragon is for developing a strong foundation.
We spent the whole day wandering through the natural beauty of the Tanashi Shrine and enjoyed every minute of our time there.
There was also one other place of worship that I really enjoyed; it was a Shrine or prayer point where one prays to the source of all power; the power within. As you pray you are looking into a mirror at your own reflection. What a wonderful reminder that God is within each and every one of us.
And to top it off, we went to a small shrine where the Seven Lucky Gods where worshiped. They represent Gods of prosperity. There was a fish statue that you banged on with a mallet for prosperity. The sound of the wood is believed to bring financial abundance. Believe me, everyone on the excursion took some time there!
Week one of the Winter tour of Japan ends with a day of rest, which is a perfect way to reflect upon the idea that God is within.
Many Blessings of Universal Love,