I was going to write a serious article about cash offerings and transaction fees today. But it snowed!
So, instead you can have some pretty pictures of Shirahata Hachiman Daijin. As you can see, the autumn leaves in the last photograph I took from this angle have fallen off.
The clouds have passed, so it is a beautiful morning, but the ground is treacherous. Even where the snow was cleared, ice has formed. The sun will clear that up soon enough, so the approach to the prayer hall was safe enough.
The paper lanterns in front of the prayer hall are only hung for special occasions. In this case, they were for New Year, and haven’t been taken down yet.