"...any being whatsoever which possesses some eminent quality out of the ordinary, and is awe-inspiring, is called Kami.”
Tōkyū Tamagawa Line
Tōkyō-to, Ōta-ku, Shin-Kamata 3-4-10
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March 8, 2018
(Note: numbers in parentheses after kami names
refer to position in How Many Kami table)
From Merged Shrines
Earliest mention of:
Annual Festival: September 15
We have no real knowledge as to when Michizuka Jinja was founded, but in the Edo Period there seems to have been a shrine called Jitsugetsu-miya (日月宮) on the site. (I have not been able to find an authorised reading for 日月宮, but there is a shrine of that name at Kanagawa-ken, Ashigara-kami-gun, Ōi-machi, Yamada 236 identified as Jitsugetsu-miya so I have adopted that).
An adjoining temple called Dairaku-ji (大楽寺) served as its betto-ji. In 1831 the shrine was given the name Tenso Jinja and Amaterasu Ōkami was enshrined as the deity. In 1914, four nearby jinja—Aburayama Inari Daimyōjin (油山稲荷大明神), Shinmei-gū (神明宮) Kumano Daigongen (熊野大権現), and Kayaba Inari Daimyōjin (茅場稲荷大明神)—were merged into it and the name changed to Michizuka Jinja. Its affairs are now managed by Rokugō Jinja.
About 11 minutes on foot from Yaguchi-no-watashi Station's #1 exit. The pair of komainu in front of the prayer hall were erected in 1988 and were carved by the Yokohama company, Ishiei Sekizai (石栄石材). The pair flanking the memorial stone commemorating the construction of the shrine are over a century older, they date to 1896. The shrine occupies a a 1,296 sq.m. site, of which the main hall accounts for 109 sq.m. The torii is 3.15 metres wide and was erected in January 1957.
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