2018年03月24日

'Minatogawa Jinja' Shonto Shrine standing in the central part of Kobe City was elected to worship 'Kusunoki Masashige', who was a well-known military commander of the Imperial Army in the 14th century.

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Kusunoki Masahige died in a batttle, so-called 'Minatogawa-no-Tatakai', against 'Ashikaga Takauji' who was a 'shogun', a kind of a general of the anti-emperor army. To be more precise, he committed 'hara-kiri' at the very place where this shrine stands now, as he gave up this battle in 1336. His humble tombstone elected here right after the battle had long been neglected since, however this gradually begun to attract people's attention in the Edo Period in the 17th-19th century. The thought of respecting Emperor, which was Japan's traditional philosophy, had revived since the 17th century, so he became widely known as a hero step by step even in the period of 'samurai' government.
*Samurai is a warrior, different from an emperor.
Soon after the end of the samurai government, so-called the 'Edo Period', in the middle of the 19th century, this Shinto shrine was built in the grounds, including his last place, with the total area of 25,000 square meters, in 1872. This constraction work was a national project.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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