Keikyū Main Line
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February 25, 2018
Another of those shrines about which little is known. I visited it while walking from Tamagawa Suwa Jinja to Rokugō Jinja (pages on both of which are to follow. When it was founded is unclear, but in the temple which was its betto-ji, Yakuōji (薬王寺, now located at Rokugō 2-23-15), there is some evidence that this Hakusan Jinja was founded along with the temple in 1677, and at the shrine itself there is a piece of stone used in the temizuya on which the date 1707 is inscribed.
About 500 metres from Zōshiki Station. Picturesque is probably too strong a word to use in describing this shrine but it does have its attractions, particularly the pair of koma-inu. On seeing them I immediately thought that they must date to early Showa or even late Taisho, but they were actually carved in 1967 and, in my opinion, are exceptional.
(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names
refer to position in How Many Kami table)
From Merged Shrines
Shōzenbō Inari Jinja 正善坊稲荷神社
Earliest mention of:
Annual Festival: September 19
In light of its torii tunnel, "picturesque" probably could be applied to the in-ground shrine, Shōzenbō Inari Jinja, the name of which is unusual, it's the first shrine I have come across a shrine of this name.
Not only are the main hall, which was constructed in 1951, and the Shōzenbō Inari hall of the same structure, but both are surrounded by sturdy looking black metal fencing. The torii, erected in August 1935, 2.1 metres wide, is made of stone in the Shinmei style. The land the shrine occupies is 1,235 square meters in area.
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