2016年11月07日

'Kifune Shinto Shrine' in the northern part of Kyoto, a mountainous region, is the head shrine of 450 kifune shrines throughout Japan.

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The origin of Kifune Shrine is unclear though, a note of the rebuilding of this shrine is found in an old book in the 7th century. 'Honmiya' main shrine as shown in the first picture, 'Nakamiya' second shrine and 'Okumiya' rear shrine are standing in a line along Kifune stream within walking distance from each other.
As this shrine is believed to be a spirit for rain-making, the believers used to donate a black horse for rain, and this offering had gradually changed to a tablet with a horse picture on the back. It is said that present 'Ema' votive tablet found at every shrine in Japan was originated in this shrine. In addition, the people working for restaurant business, water is essential in this field, worship this shrine.
By the way, there are many restaurants along Kifune stream as shown in the second picture. People enjoy 'Yuka' , which means an open-air restaurant temporarily built top of the stream, in hot summer. Many Yuka restaurants found in the heart of Kyoto are originated in this place.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 13:44 | Kyoto | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする