Hirata Atsutane 神霊真柱平田篤胤大人命
Annual Festival: November 3
Divine Favours (御利益 Goriyaku)
1. Culture (Learning, the Arts, Morality, Religion)
2. Health (Medicine) 健康（医薬）
3. Abundant Life & Wealth 豊かな生活（財運）
4. World Reformation 世直し
A small shrine located near to Meiji Jingu, and as the photos make clear, of much more historical than visual interest.
Its enshrined kami, Hirata Atsutane, is a "jinbutsu-kami" (人物神), who lived from 1776 to 1843. He was one of the four leading scholars of the National Learning (国学) movement of the Edo Period, which sought to rid Japanese culture of the Chinese and Buddhist influences with which, in their opinion, it had been tainted.
In March 1845, the Shirakawa family gave permission for the honorific “ kamutama-mihashira-ushi” (神霊真柱大人) to be used in Atsutane’s posthumous name. (The Shirakawa family began with Prince Kiyohito, the eldest son of Japan’s 65th emperor, Kazan (reigned 984-986). The head of the family was also the head of the Shirakawa Shinto school, which oversaw the rituals of the imperial family).
In November 1869, an adopted son of Atsutane, Hirata Kanetane ( 銕胤) who was then running the Ibukiya (気吹舎), the institute established by Atsutane to propagate his ideas, built a small shrine to honour him in the family residence in Kyoto. In August 1875, the family moved to what is now Sumida-ku in Tokyo and took the Atsutane Jinja with them. In November 1881, a gift from Emperor Meiji saw the shrine move to what is now Kasuga in Bunkyo-ku. This was burnt down in WWII, and in 1959 it was rebuilt in its current location. The main shrine building was reconstructed in June 1987.
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