2019年05月09日

'Misaki-inari Shrine' in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, is said to have been built 1182 near the present site.

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Misaki-inari Shrine is found quite close by Suido-bashi Station of JR Sobu-line. Not a large-scale building though, this is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Tokyo. It is said that this shrine was originally built east of present Tokyo Dome in 1182 as a local tutelary of this vicinity. The Tokugawa Shogunate started in Tokyo at the beginning of the 17th century, then this vicinity had been largely developed through that years. For this reason, Misaki-inari Shrine was compelled to be relocated several times, and was finally moved to the present site in 1905. Looking back to the Edo Period, when *sankin-kotai system was in operation, all the feudal lords out of Edo, present Tokyo, necessarily visited this shrine for purification before their formal greetings to Shogun. This shrine becomes to be believed as a god for safe travel now.
*Sankin-kotai : All the feudal lords or their wives and children had to live in Edo, apart from their domain, every other year.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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2019年04月04日

Beautiful cherry blossoms are appreciated in every spring at 'Tsukudo Hachiman Shrine' standing in the heart of Tokyo.

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The name of 'tsukudo' stems from that the foundation of Tsukudo Hachiman Shrine was built in the 9th century with the soil all the way from 'Usa Hachiman Shrine' in Kyushu. Usa Hachiman Shrine is the head temple of all Hachiman shrines in Japan, and tsukudo means to build soil base for a building. Thereafter this shrine gradually became a full-scale tutelary shrine thanks to the support of a powerful feudal lord in this area. Although this shrine was destroyed by fire during the Second World War, yet this was reconstructed in 1963 with a donation from the locals. One of the oldest stone 'torii gate' over old stone steps leading to the shrine's main building. The shrine grounds are well maintained, thus lovely cherry blossoms are in full bloom in every spring as shown in the picture.

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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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