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八幡神社

   Hachiman  Jinja

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Nearest station: Shibamata    Line: Keisei Kanamachi (KS50)

Tōkyō-to, Katsushika-ku, Shibamata 3-30-24  東京都葛飾区柴又3-30-24       May 7, 2022

Sacred Tokyo 40 Shinto Shrines

Enshrined Kami:  

Main

Hondawake-no-mikoto   誉田別命

Take-minakata-kami        建御名方神

 

From Merged Shrines

In-ground Shrines:

Suwa Jinja        諏訪神社 

Inari Jinja         稲荷神社

Hachiman-Gu 八幡宮

Suijin-Gu          水神宮

​Annual Festival:  October 10

Hachiman Jinja 八幡神社

Was the tutelary shrine for Shibamata Village.  Its betto-ji was the nearby Shinsho-in (真勝院). It is aboout 300 sq.m. in area. While its origins are unclear, it is thought that the Shimamatari Village (島俣里) mentioned in the Shosoinmonjo (正倉院文書) is what is now Shibamata in Kataushika-ku. By extension  the current Shibamata Jinja is quite old.

The shrine’s main hall was built on a 6th century kofun (ancient burial mound) . This is attested to by the existence of stones layed out in patterns  traditionally  used in kofun to its rear. The stone used in this, Boshu stone  (房州石), was quarried in what is now Chiba-ken.

The main hall has been renovated or rebuilt several times- in 1633, 1753, 1787, 1856, 1926/27, 1932, and finally in 1968. In 1965  the burial mound was excavated.  It was about 20-30 metres wide and contained items often found in kofun such as haniwa, swords, horse tack, and unglazed pottery. These are now housed in the Shimamata Mound near the main hall.

 

On a lighter, more contemporary note, Shibamata was the locale for the very popular 1968-69 TV series “Otoko wa tsurai yo” (It’s tough being a man). The star of the series was Kiyoshi Atsumi (渥美 清), and it seems that on the anniversary of his death on August 4, 2013 a haniwa thought to very closely resemble him was unearthed from the kofun: this made the national news.

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