"...any being whatsoever which possesses some eminent quality out of the ordinary, and is awe-inspiring, is called Kami.”
JR Yamanote, Rinka +2 Lines
Tōkyō-to, Shinagawa-ku, Nishi-Shinagawa 3-16-31
Home page: (Japanese) none
September 14, 2018
There is little information available on this shrine and I visited it after I had been to Irugi Jinja. We are told quite explicitly that it was established on September 9, 709 during the reign of the 43rd emperor Genmei by Fujiwara Isendo through the kanjō process. Its original name was Kifune-daimyōjin (貴布禰大明神).
This precise foundation date is exactly the same as that given for Ebara Jinja and during its early history the latter had been known as both Kifune Jinja and Kifune-daimyōjin. This has led to speculation that this shrine is in fact the original Ebara jinja, and that when what became the current Ebara Jinja was spun off and moved to a new location what was left
(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names
refer to position in How Many Kami table)
From Merged Shrines
Miki Inari-sha 三木稲荷社
(note that the bottom three of these
share ate same building)
Annual Festival: Nearest Saturday/Sunday to June 7
behind is the current Kifune Jinja, the name was changed to its current form in 1803. The shrine was destroyed during the firebombing in 1945 and reconstruction was not completed until 1967.
About 600m from the west exit of Ōsaki Station and 700m from Irugi Jinja. Without doubt the main attraction of the shrine is what at first sight seems to be one of the Guardian Gods commonly found in the entrances to Buddhist temples. However, it is none other than our old friend Hotei: rather than having come from a Buddhist temple it was donated to the shrine in 2008 by Hatano Motoji, the driving force behind the expansion of the km company.
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