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.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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2018年12月08日

'Jotomyo-dai', which means a tower with continuously burning light on top, is found beside Yasukuni Street in Kudan, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.

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The tower in the picture was originally dedicated to Yasukuni Shinto Shrine as a lantern in 1871. It's unimaginable now though, as the coast of Tokyo Bay was running near this place and no tall buildings were found here at that time, this big lantern was a convenient sign in the night for the fishing boats. Right after the end of the Tokugawa feudal system, when the new government based on the emperor system just began, this tower was regarded as one of the new symbols of modernization by then Tokyoites. Japan started to introduce Western civilization in every field, so this tower was designed half Japanese style (lower half part) and half Western style (upper half part), 17 meters high. Because of the nearby road expanding construction, this tower was slightly relocated to the present site in 1930.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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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.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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