Tanuki at washima Shrine - Awashima Jinja is a shrine for women, famous for its huge collection of dolls. Japanese are superstitions about dolls, many people find them mysterious or frightening, believing that they have souls or the power to influence human lives. There are a number of shrines and festivals where people dispose of their old dolls - they feel that if they just threw them in the garbage, the dolls’ souls might come back to haunt them like ghosts. Awashima jinja is especially devoted to dispose of hina ningyo, which are dolls that are given to young girls on Girl’s Day March 3rd. There are thousands of dolls here, as well as sculptures, figurines, carvings, and statues. You’ll find tanuki, maneki neko, daruma, frogs and many more.