Stone Lanterns of Futarasan Shrine
On a trip to Nikko my friends and I ended up wandering around the area. We arrived too late to enter the Toshogu Temple so we decided to go around. I remember we ended up at this alleyway where there these stone lanterns. There are a total of 37 lanterns in the alleyway that leads to the Futarasan Shrine. This dedication (houken, 奉献) dates backs hundreds of years. Each lantern has something different engraved on it. Walking past these stone monuments before entering the shrine area was enlightening. My friend said that each lantern has a haiku engraved on it. I do not know if that is true, but it would be great if it was.