Today I went to Kurumazaki Jinja (車折神社) in Kyoto, dedicated to good luck with money and business. It incorporates a smaller shrine Geinō Jinja or Entertainers’ Shrine (芸能神社), where a lot of entertainers have made a dedication/prayer, as evidenced by the red boards with their names inscribed, that are all throughout the shrine. According to the shrine’s website, there are more than 2000 of these dedications. I didn’t count them, but considering it took me more than 15 minutes to find the one I was looking for (Chachamaru’s), more than 2000 seems likely to me, haha.
I wasn’t the only one checking for a specific dedication either; as I was preparing to leave, other people came in and started taking pictures of dedications.
I’ve wanted to visit ever since Chachamaru wrote about it in his blog. It has a very elegant and peaceful atmosphere and lacks the great grandeur/pomp of larger shrines. In short it’s a lovely place to visit, even when you’re not looking for a specific dedication.
I did attract some odd looks by locals (?) though. I don’t think they get many foreign visitors there. But all-in-all it was a very pleasant visit.