"...any being whatsoever which possesses some eminent quality out of the ordinary, and is awe-inspiring, is called Kami.”
Tōkyō-to, Suginami-ku, Amanuma 2-18-5
Amanuma Hachiman Jinja
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June 28, 2018
From Merged Shrines
Ōtori Jinja 大鳥神社
Inari Jinja 稲荷神社
Suga Jinja 須賀神社
Kanayamabiko Jinja 金山彦神社
Hiei Jinja 日枝神社
Annual Festival: August 26
Mentioned in the Shinpen as the Hachiman Jinja for the Nakayato (中谷戸) section of what was then Amanuma village, this shrine was probably founded sometime during the Tenshō Period (1573-1593). Its bettoji was Rengeji (蓮華寺, Honamanuma 2-17-8). In 1635 the ownership of the land on which the shrine stood was transferred to Akasaka Hiei Jinja, which housed the guardian deity of the birthplace of the third Tokugawa Shōgun, Iiemitsu. Along with this, an in-ground Hie Jinja was set up.
Jumping to the twentieth century, 1927 to be precise, it was designated a village shrine. A further 50 years on the main hall was rebuilt as a ferro-concrete structure; in 2002 the temizuya was rebuilt, as was the kagura hall in 2004.
About 600m from the north exit of Ogikubo Station. For me the most interesting aspect of this shrine is the line of in-ground shrines on the right hand side as one approaches the prayer hall. There are five such shrines, of which three, Hiei Jinja, Kanayamabiko Jinja, and Suga Jinja, occupy the same hall. Although there is only one Inari Jinja in the list of five in-ground shrines there are in fact three separate Inari Jinja. The Ōtori Jinja was set up in 1949 with the enshrinement of one of the main deities of the Asakusa Ōtori Jinja, Yamato Takeru, through the kanjō process. Like virtually all Ōtori Jinja this one celebrates Tori no Ichi each November.
Homuda-wake, another name for Japan's 15th Emperor, Ōjin (270-310), is the main deity at many Hachiman Jinja. The merged shrine from which Ichikishima-hime-no-mikoto (58B) came is a Benten-sha which was absorbed in 1907.
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Hiei Jinja Kanayamabiko Jinja Suga Jinja
The Three Inari Jinja