"...any being whatsoever which possesses some eminent quality out of the ordinary, and is awe-inspiring, is called Kami.”
Tōkyō-to, Setagaya-ku, Todoriki 3-27-7
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April 30, 2018
From Merged Shrines
Sukunabi-kona-no-kami (101) 少名毘古那神
Tateminakata-no-mikoto (111) 建御名方命
Yamato Takeru-no-Mikoto 186E 日本武尊
Annual Festival: September 29
It is said that this shrine was founded sometime in the Bunki Period (1501-1504) as Kumano Jinja by the seventh Lord of Setagaya Castle, Kira Yuriyasu, through the cloning (kanjō) of the Kishū Kumano deity. It was recognized as the tutelary deity of what was then Todoriki Village and its betto-ji was Mangan-ji, which is still located right across the street from the shrine at Todoroki 3-15-1. In 1872 it was formally given village ranking and in 1907 was merged with three other local shrines, Shinmei-sha, Mitake-sha, and Suwa-sha. The latter is the predecessor of the current Higashi Tamagawa Jinja. Reflecting the location, the name of the new entity was changed to Tamagawa Jinja. In 1964 a nearby Hachiman-sha, which had administered Tamagawa jinja, was absorbed. The current Main Hall was built in 1929, the previous one had been burnt down in 1918, and in 1940 the Prayer Hall and other buildings were rebuilt. The same year saw the erection of the main torii. The shrine escaped damage during WWII.
Among other things Tamagawa Jinja has three torii, three pairs of koma-inu, and a stone lion. A signboard next to
the latter says it is associated with an old folklore belief about child rearing: throw a newly born baby into the bottom of a ravine and leave it to fend for itself. Those that survive will develop into splendid people. The in-ground shrines offer more, particularly kitsune.
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This pair of koma-inu are dated 1915