"...any being whatsoever which possesses some eminent quality out of the ordinary, and is awe-inspiring, is called Kami.”
Tōkyō-to, Taitō-ku, Kuramae 2-2-11 東京都台東区蔵前2-2-11 October 24, 2022
Kajitori Inari Shrine
Nearest station: Kuramae Lines: Toei Asakusa , Toei Oedo
From Merged Shrines
Annual Festivals: 11th of January, May, and September
I visited this Inari Jinja with a friend, Ansel Mederos. It is a small shrine in the heart of downtown Tokyo just across the Sumida River from the National Sumo Arena in Ryogoku.
In the Keicho Period (1596-1615), ships transporting large stones from Kumamoto in Kyushu to Edo to be used in the construction of rice granaries sometimes ran into difficulties off the coast of Enshu (western Shizuoka). To help placate the gods, an Inari Jinja was built inside the rice storehouse in Asakusa in downtown Edo. The shrine was named Kajitori Inari Jinja.
Five of the seven photos below are from what can probably be fairly described as a small Zen garden with frills located to the side of the shrine. I'm guessing that the one of chestnuts arranged on the ground is supposed to depict a tiger, the zodiacal animal for this year. The design is changed from to time.
Note that Mitoshi Kami is the eldest brother of Uka-no-mitami.
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