Chinowa (or sometimes referred to as suganuki), is a large ring made of cogon grass that is as tall as a man, and put up on the pathway that leads up to a Shinto shrine. According to Shinto tradition, visitors visit the shrine and walk through the chinowa, which looks like a big Hula-Hoop of grass, in June or July during a purification ceremony to ward off evil.
It was a bit hard to catch a good shot of this chinowa at night using an iPhone.
Pix4Japan by R.D.S. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.