"...any being whatsoever which possesses some eminent quality out of the ordinary, and is awe-inspiring, is called Kami.”
Tōkyō-to, Setagaya-ku, Kitami 4-3-23
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October 3, 2017
Although this Suga Jinja in Kitami is no more prepossessing than its Inari counterpart it is nevertheless included in the official guide to shrines in Setagaya published by the Setagaya Shrine General Association (Japanese), unlike the Inari shrine. The reason for this inclusion would seem to be that Setagaya-ku has designated the Yubana (湯花, (hot-springs mineral deposits resembling flowers) ritual conducted at the shrine on the first two days of August an important intangible folk cultural asset, jūyō-mukei-minzoku-bunka-zai. As regards the history of the shrine, we are told that it came into existence sometime during the Shōō Period (1652-1654) as the result of Kitami Shigekatsu dedicating a shrine in the garden of the Kitami family building.
From Merged Shrines
Earliest mention of: 1652 (?)
Annual Festival: August 1,2
The shrine does have a shinboku in its grounds, a roughly 400-year-old scabrous aphananthe tree (muku-no-ki), which provides a nesting place for migratory Eurasian scops owls from Southeast Asia between June and August. Just across the street from the shrine is the Sixth Amazuka ancient tomb, one of the kofun, ancient burial mound, in the Kitami area.
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