Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Nihonbashi Ningyō-chō 2-25-20
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November 17, 2019
This is one of six small shrines which I visited on a 1.25km (as the crow flies) round trip from Ningyōchō Station. The others are Kasama Inari Jinja, Tomizawa Inari Jinja, Suginomoti Jinja, Sanko Inari Jinja. and Koami Jinja. Suehiro Jinja itself is just 122 sq.m. in area.
Just when Suehiro Jinja was founded is not known but it is said to have been in existence at a location near to its present site in 1596. In the early Edo Period prostitution was widespread in Edo and in an effort to bring it under some control the second Tokugawa Shōgun, Hidetada, issued an order in 1617 establishing the Yoshiwara red light district and designating it as the only place in the city where prostitution was legal. The shrine happened to be located in the new Yoshiwara and came to be known as the district’s tutelary shrine. Yoshiwara was destroyed in the Great Meireki fire of 1657 and it was decided to
Takemizuchi-no-mikoto (175E) 武甕槌命
From Merged Shrines
Annual Festival: May 22
treopen it in Asakusa. This was called the New Yoshiwara, and the shrine is apparently still referred to as the tutelary jinja for the original Yoshiwara. In 1675, when the shrine was being rebuilt, a type of ceremonial folding fan known as a Suehiro was unearthed and this became the name of the shrine. It was once more destroyed by fire in the March 1945 firebombing. It is one of the Nihonbashi Shichi Fukujin (Nihonbashi Seven Lucky Gods), and houses Bishamonten.
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