Travel Photo Thursday, September 8, 2011 — Sake Barrels, Kushida Shrine, Fukuoka, Japan

Posted by on Sep 8, 2011 in Japan, Travel Photo Thursday, Uncategorized | 26 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. Koreans are gearing up for one of thier biggest holidays of the year, Chuseok. Starting tomorrow, Friday, I’ll be off for five days. For me the days off mean getting caught up with a summer of photos that have not yet been edited, dinner with friends and a quick trip to Seoul. Somehow I managed to book train tickets yesterday, which is amazing since most Koreans travel home for this holiday.

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I took this shot back in 2006 on my first trip to Fukuoka, and my first visit to the Kushida Shrine; a favorite with both locals and visitors. This shot was also taken with my first digital camera, a Fuji Fine Pix 2800. At the time I really had no idea what I was shooting. I thought I was shooting colorfully decorated drums. Later I learned they are sake barrels. Can you imagine serving up a barrel of sake at your next outdoor barbecue? What fun that would be! I love the colors and designs on the barrels.

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Drums (Sake Barrels (maybe) at Kushida Shrine, Fukuoka

You can easily spend a few hours wandering around this shrine. There are many great photo opportunities, and the two times I have visited I’ve been lucky enough to see couples having photos taken in their traditional wedding outfits.
Admission is free; a great price for any budget traveler! For more information follow the link: Kushida Shrine

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  1. Very decorative barrels! A nice cup of hot sake would probably do very nicely after BBQ ribs 🙂

    • I agree. I love sake!

  2. I like these sake barrels too! I take pictures of them every time I visit a shrine (^_^)

  3. Cool collection you found there. I’m mostly a beer drinker but, I’ve been known to tip a sake or two. That’d be for medcicnal purposes, ya know.

  4. well I’m in love with all things Japanese…haven’t been yet though! aaaa!

  5. I’ve been trying to paste my link for a few hours. I think I know what happens …a secrurity pop up stops full content being shown and interferes with my link paste.

  6. I’d love a barrel of saki for my next BBQ in a local park. What fun that would be. 😀

  7. I had no idea that sake even came in barrels, let along ones that were so beautifully decorated – they’re a conversation piece in themselves.

    • True, and they are in many of the shrines/temples in Japan.

  8. Love the sake barrels. And just needed to thank all of those who looked at last week’s photo I posted! This is great fun and a good ‘reason’ to spend time looking at trip photos. Thanks for starting this.

  9. I would never have guessed sake barrels. They are absolutely beautiful. Are they like oak barrels, used for ageing? I admit to knowing nothing about sake & still haven’t even tried sake despite a love affair with all things wine.

    • Well, when I took the photo I thought they were drums. Sake is nice, you should give it a go sometime.

  10. I’d love to serve up some sake from those beautiful barrels. Love the photo, Nancie.

  11. Those are so pretty!

  12. Really unusual and beautiful. But I’m still wondering about the connection between the temples and Sake. (That and why people’s avatars show up twice on their comments. 😉

    My travel Thursday post is from Brittany and ties to a post that was published yesterday at Girls Thanks for the fun thing to do on a Thursday.

  13. Charnell Havens and I traveled to Tuba City in search of Quincy Tahoma’s history, and met this wonderful Navajo woman who showed us around the family sheep camp. Photo at Tahoma

  14. Wow, how beautiful!

  15. A beautifully detailed image, Nancie, bringing back memories for me of drinking sake and wandering round those enchanting shrines (although not doing both at the same time!) when I lived in Japan long ago. All the best for the holiday time!

  16. Wow! That’s a lot of sake! The only time I went to Japan I randomly bought a bottle of Sake that smelled and tasted like uncooked rice. It was GREAT. I’ve tried many sakes from Canada and the US (including Hawaii where I thought I might have better luck) and haven’t found anything even close. Boo. I gotta get back to Japan.

    PS: Sorry I don’t have a TPThursday post this week…

  17. Nice shot, Nancie. Never been to Japan myself, but I would love to go there if only to take photographs of the cherry blossoms 🙂 And drink sake of course 🙂

  18. As usual, great shot. I had no idea what they were either.

    A little late this week – but then I never got organized at all the last two weeks,even though I had planned to post.

  19. A magnificent photo!

  20. Really cool photo, I actually thought they were little drums when I first saw them too.

  21. Great photo! How was your Chuseok? I was lucky enough to get 6 days off (including the weekend) only having to work today (Friday). YEAH!

    • Had a great Chuseok. All I have had since starting the new semester is holidays 🙂

  22. I agree with you, I love the colors and I am all about serving up barrels of sake at a bbq. Once you finish the barrel it can hold everyone’s keys @(^_^)@


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