A new month has started. August is hachigatsu (八月), the eighth month or hazuki (葉月), leaf month.
Every first day of the month I make it a rule to visit shrines which is called o tsuitachi mairi (お朔日参り). I visited three shrines this morning, one near the house, two near the office. I have known both of them but have never been to one of them in spite of passing in front so many times.
There are manners to obey at the shrines. Some are common for all the shrines, others are peculiarfrom to each shrine.
On my way back home trains were delayed due to heavy rain.