"...any being whatsoever which possesses some eminent quality out of the ordinary, and is awe-inspiring, is called Kami.”
Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku-ku, Ōkubo 2-27-18
Home page: (Japanese)
April 2, 2018
(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names
refer to position in How Many Kami table)
From Merged Shrines
Mitake Jinja 御嶽神社
Shussei Inari Jinja 出世稲荷神社
Ōkubo Benzaiten 大久保弁財天
Information on the history of this Meotogi Jinja is extremely limited. The shrine information board tells us that while the date of the its foundation is unclear, a shrine was relocated to the Edo residence of the Kishū Domain in the early Edo Period and this seems to have been its origin.
We now jump forward to 1965, when the deity of the Awajima Izanagi Jingū, Izanagi, was cloned through the bunrei process. In August 1973 the shrine registered as a religious corporation.
By definition any shrine which is located in Tōkyō's 23 wards can be described as "urban" but many of them could easily be relocated to the suburbs or countryside and fit right in. Not so with Meotogi Jinja, an urban shrine par excellence. I am guessing here, but, as the photos
below show, it seems to be an adapted house. The torii looks as though it was assembled and placed on the kerb and at the back of the shrine a narrow staircase leads to the second floor where the prayer hall is located. On its home page its wedding hosting services feature heavily, and this is linked to the shrine's deities, Izanagi and Izanami, who were Japan's first married couple
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