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November 24, 2017
in Maita, Ōkamigū-sha andYanohara Inari Jinja, were merged into the Sugiyama JInja along with their enshrined deities, respectively Amaterasu Ōkami andUka-no-mitama-kami. In 1957 the main hall was rebuilt and in 1977 a new roof was added.
Just 20 metres away from the #1 exit of Maita Station. I visited this shrine for two reasons, firstly my general interest in Sugiyama Shrines, and, secondly, as far as I am aware it is the only Sugiyama Jinja to have its own home page, leading me to think that it might hold some important function within the Sugiyama JInja group. I was mistaken, and there is little of interest within the shrine itself. Its most interesting aspect is possibly the white metal gate impeding entry, although the gate is probably meant to prevent children from the kindergarten within the shrine grounds from running out into the main road in front of the shrine.
This Sugiyama Jinja, one of two in Yokohama’s Minami-ku, is said to have been founded in its present location to the northeast of Kamakura in 1209 by Jōgyō, a monk and the third son of Minamoto Yoritomo. The northeast is considered an unlucky direction (鬼門) and it was to protect Kamakura, seat of the Minamoto clan, from any peril emanating from that direction that the shrine was established.
The Shinpen tells us that sometime during the Eikyō Period (1421-1449) the kannushi (chief priest) of the Kamakura Hachimangū, Sakai Miyauchi, assumed the same role for the Sugiyama Jinja and the Sakai family continued in both positions until the beginning of the Meiji Period.
Jumping forward seven centuries to 1909 two unranked shrines
From Merged Shrines
Earliest mention of: 1209
Annual Festival: September 3, 4
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