2019年01月06日

'Suiten-gu' Shinto shrine in Kakigara-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, has been widely believed as a god of pregnancy and safe delivery since the second half of the Edo Period.

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The head shrine of Suiten-gu is found in Kurume City in Fukuoka Prefecture. The feudal lord in Kurume Domain, Arima family, built the branch shrine of Kurume Suiten-gu in the ground of his main residence in Edo, present Tokyo, in 1818. As this branch stood in the residential site, ordinary people having nothing to do with Arima family couldn't enter the site to pray. Many people wanted to pay a visit to this shrine because the name of Suiten-gu was well known for pregnancy and a safe delivery. Arima family, meeting their demands, made a decision to open this shrine to the public just on the 5th day each month. Edo Suiten-gu shrine became considerably popular, so it was said that the profits from the offertory and the sales of good-luck charms largely helped the finances of the Kurume Domain. This shrine finally moved from the original site in Mita, Minato-ku to the present site in Chuo-ku, where the other Edo (Tokyo) residence of Arima family stood. In this connection, present head priest of this shrine is the 17th head representative of Arima family, the former 'daimyo' (feudal lord) family of the Kurume Domain.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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