Awashima shrine is right next to the edge of the sea in the small port town of Kada in Wakayama prefecture. A short precarious walk down narrow streets lined with shuttered summer houses, will bring you to the large traditional Shinto torii gate that marks the entrance.
This shrine serves as a sort of dumping ground for dolls. It is believed that dolls have a spirit and it is a tradition or superstition to just throw them out in the trash. The dolls and idols here are ritually burned or disposed of in the nearby sea.
There is a somewhat ominous feeling walking into this shrine and standing in front of aligned figurines with them all staring at you.
Even these old Noh masks are disposed of very respectfully, maybe their makers left some of their heart and soul when they hand carved each one.
Manekineko are placed here.
Hotei chilling out after a lifetime of bringing fortune, and good luck.
These phallic symbols are fertility charms.
Creepy Japanese dolls.
Daruma, lined up after their former owners painted the white eye after wishes came true.