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Tōkyō-to, Higashikurume-shi, Hikawadai 1-12-2

東京都東久留米市氷川台1-12-2

氷川神社 (門前)

   Hikawa Jinja (Monzen)

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October 10, 2018

History

This Hikawa Jinja is one of the 11 kenmusha under the auspices of Minamisawa Hikari JInja. It probably dates to around the mid-17th century when the village of Monzen began to develop. The shrine was on the north side of the village, where it stood alongside another shrine, Kanayama-sha (金山社).  By the 1870’s this location had become quite inconvenient and in 1878 the shrine was moved closer to the centre of the village, where it stood to the left of the Monzen Inari Jinja, then, as now, located at Higashikurume-shi, Honchō 16. In 1911 it was moved to its present location.  At that time the main hall, the original of which may date to 1811, was facing south with the sandō and  torii in front of it, but by the time it was rebuilt in 1971 the road in front of the shrine had become quite busy  and the shrine's orientation was changed to the east in order to at least partly avoid the urban hustle and bustle.  The sandō and  torii were repositioned accordingly.

Enshrined Kami:  

Main

(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names

refer to position in How Many Kami table)

Susano-o-no mikoto (57)                須佐之男命

 

From Merged Shrines

None

In-ground Shrines:

Hiroyamarei Kami   廣山霊神

Isshinrei Kami          一心霊神

Hitoyamarei Kami   一山霊神

Yakumo Jinja            八雲神社

Gakumeirei Kami    覚明霊神

Fugenrei Kami         普賢霊神

 

​Annual Festival:    

Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米

Description

About 1.2km from Higashikurume Station. By most standards this is a fairly modest shrine, but it does have one interesting feature, that its six in-ground shrines consist of stone carvings behind the main hall.  Three of them--Hiroyamarei Kami, Isshinrei Kami, Hitoyamarei Kami--share one stone, while the other three enjoy the luxury of their own stones.  There are some other items too, including a Daruma doll peering out from behind a protective screen of branches.

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Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米

Hiroyamarei Kami   廣山霊神

Isshinrei Kami          一心霊神

Hitoyamarei Kami   一山霊神

Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米

Yakumo Jinja     八雲神社

Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米

Fugenrei Kami     普賢霊神

Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米

Gakumeirei Kami    覚明霊神

Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
Hikawa Jinja  Tōkyō, Higashikurume   氷川神社 東久留米
 
 
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